The 2015-2016 Bulls will be best remembered for failing to make it into the postseason. Leading up to the season the Bulls were thought of as an eastern conference contender and many believed that they were the only team that could push the Cavaliers in the east. To say that the Bulls underachieved this season would be an understatement. There were several factors that contributed to the lackluster season including injuries, coaching, chemistry issues, and pretty much anything that could have gone wrong with the team did. Many people believe in the narrative that Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose can not co-exist due to the fact that they both have superstar egos and alpha dog personalities. With the way that the season played out there is definitely some validity to that argument. They have yet to play together for an extended period of time due to the fact that they both have dealt with injuries throughout the last couple of seasons. I happen to be in the minority that believe that they can play together and that it would be in the best interest of the team to find a way for them to make it work.
While the Butler vs. Rose debate will go on throughout the offseason the Bulls have other issues that they need to address.
*Pau Gasol is a free agent this offseason and his tone throughout the season seemed to change in regards to wanting to stay a Bull. Players of his caliber and age seem more inclined to compete for championships rather than competing for a playoff spot. He has a big decision to make this offseason and the Bulls would be wise to at least offer Gasol an opportunity to come back.
* Joakim Noah is a UFA this offseason and he also has a big decision to make in regards to his future. Noah has been a key cog with the Bulls since he was drafted 9th overall in 2007. This past season was probably his most troubling because of his demotion to the bench as well as ending his season with an injury that knocked him out the last 3 months of the season. There will be a sit-down between Noah and the Bulls brass to discuss a new contract but in the end it might end with both sides going their separate ways.
There are other issues that need to be addressed with the team; they need to continue to strengthen their bench as well as find a more longterm solution at the backup point-guard position. Even with how the season unfolded there were some bright spots on the team. Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic, and Bobby Portis all showed promise during the season and seem to be part of a young nucleus that the Bulls can add to. This offseason will be crucial in determining the longterm outlook of the franchise and they have many key decisions to make that will let everyone know the direction that they are headed.