CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls are going to be “tired” this season, a source with knowledge of the team’s plans told Fox Sports on Sunday.
The Bulls, who enter the season with the worst record in the NBA, have made several moves to try to find ways to win a playoff spot, but they are not likely to be able to compete in a playoff format without Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, the source said.
The Bulls have been without Rose, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury.
They have also dealt with Gasol’s return to the court, and that has led to speculation about the team needing to bring back veteran center Pau Gaso.
With Rose sidelined, the Bulls have moved forward with plans to acquire a young guard from overseas, according to the source.
The source also indicated that the Bulls would have to make some roster moves to get a young point guard, as it was evident from last season that the team was not going to have the talent needed to compete with the Golden State Warriors.
The team is set to begin its offseason program on Monday, and the Bulls are expected to re-sign a few players to keep the team together, according the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
However, the team has not announced any of those moves.
The source also said that the front office has made it clear that the organization is not interested in trading any of the top draft picks this summer, with the source saying that the league office will be very interested in any deals made.
“I don’t think any team is going to trade the top pick this year,” the source told FoxSports.com.
“The Bulls are not going anywhere.”
The Bulls have the second-best record in basketball, behind only the Los Angeles Clippers.
They are currently tied with the Houston Rockets for the best record in a season, having won their past eight.
Rose is expected back in the starting lineup for the Bulls in early December, but he is unlikely to play in the opening round of the playoffs.