7th place in East
Status: Buyers and sellers
The Bulls find themselves at a crossroads as the trade deadline approaches. The NBA's eighth-oldest roster is built around two big men (Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah) who are likely free agents this summer.
Noah recently had season-ending shoulder surgery and another big man, Nikola Mirotic, just underwent an appendectomy, so the once-deep frontcourt has been thinned. Star guard Jimmy Butler is also out three to four weeks with a left knee strain.
Their top-paid player is Derrick Rose, whose performance is maddeningly inconsistent despite a recent scoring uptick. He has one of the worst Real Plus-Minus ratings in the league and his health remains a constant concern.
Should this team build up, tear down or stand pat? Perhaps no team currently has a less certain short-term path. Whatever moves the Bulls make, or don't make, we'll know a lot more about how the team views itself by the time the deadline dust has cleared.