The Chicago Bulls have lost six in a row and are slowly but surely working their way back to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Their quest for the most ping-pong balls heats up as we’ve crossed the midway point of the season.
The first step in rebuilding the tank that had fallen apart in December was to trade away Nikola Mirotic, with whom the Bulls had become way too good over a stretch where they went 10-2. They accomplished that feat as Mirotic has been dealt to New Orleans for Omer Asik’s albatross of a contract, a pair of expiring veterans in Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson and a first round pick.
Allen and Nelson haven’t been released yet, but that’s not because they’re part of the Bulls’ plan for this season. Instead, they figure to be part of other deals Chicago will try to make as they look to further sell off veterans to teams holding out playoff hopes.