GM for a day: Chicago Bulls

Assessing the state and long-term outlook of every NBA team

Updated: December 11, 2013, 11:50 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | ESPN Insider

Derrick RoseRob Grabowski/USA TODAY SportsThe Bulls face some hard decisions about Luol Deng and Derrick Rose.

What are some of the questions NBA general managers face on a daily basis? Well, for each team we're going to ask those questions and then try to answer them, starting today with the Chicago Bulls.

Whether a team is aiming for a title this season or is angling for a choice lottery pick, the process of reassessing an organization is always evolving. However, the overriding question never changes: How do we get from here to a championship?

1. Where do the Bulls reside on the arc of contention?

With Derrick Rose sidelined for a second straight season, the Bulls are not title contenders in 2013-14. The most recent results of John Hollinger's NBA Playoff Odds project the Bulls for 38 wins and give them just a 0.1 percent chance at a title. Before the season, when it was cautiously projected that Rose would play in most of Chicago's games at a level not far off his pre-injury productivity, the Bulls were viewed as a fringe title candidate. The consensus was that Chicago was in the mix with Brooklyn and Indiana for a No. 2 seed in the East, but was still on a lower tier than the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.