2013-14 Season Preview: Guards The long anticipated return of former league MVP Derrick Rose is set for opening night after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. We expect nothing less than the Rose of before as he spent over a year preparing for this moment. With the loss of PG Nate Robinson to Denver and SG Rip Hamilton to FA, Kirk Hinrich will carry a big load coming off the bench as the 6th man. The emergence of SG Jimmy Butler has been a joy for Bulls fan to watch, he now owns the starting 2 guard spot solely. 2nd year PG Marquis Teague will look to increase his role going further as he completes the list of guards on Chicago's roster. Forwards Led by what many would say was a less than stellar SF Luol Deng in 2011 and 2012, the forward position would be the weakness, if any, of the Bulls. Luol shot his lowest 3PT% (.322) since 2006. He is coming up on the last year of his contract in which he will be earning $14.31M, which many would consider overpaid. Trade rumors have been flying since Miami ousted the Bulls earlier this year in the playoffs and today I am here to confirm Luol Deng is on the trading block. With that being said, the Bulls have brought in veteran shooter SF Mike Dunleavy and drafted the rookie 3-ball specialist out of UNM SF Tony Snell. Dunleavy should play a significant role off the bench hitting jumpers off of his teammates penetration and kick, as well as being found by Boozer and Noah off of off. rebounds. Snell's role is still undefined as he will start off the season with limited minutes. Another "underperforming" Bull starts at the 4 position, PF Carlos Boozer. Boozer shot a career low 47% FG last year, with a young PF Taj Gibson emerging, Boozer may begin to see his time dwindle, the Bulls have also began to entertain trade talks involving the 12 year vet who still has 2 years left on his large contract of $32.1M. The rookie from Florida PF Erik Murphy will look to come off the bench and spread the floor in certain situations, the Bulls like his skill set and plan to utilize them. Centers C Joakim Noah has become the face of the Bulls in Rose's absence as he attended his first All-Star game last year. He averaged a career high in every single category last year except FG% which should rise this year with the majority of the Bulls offense coming back with PG Derrick Rose. C Nazr Mohammed returns to back up Noah in his final year of his contract with the Bulls. His minutes will be scarce barring injury or some other travesty. The Bulls look to let their defense take them as far as allowed, and have the return of superstar Derrick Rose guide them the rest of the way. Rose will be the story of the season, however, a close second will be how Boozer and Deng respond in Rose's return as they were asked to carry a bigger role last season. Hinrich should become more comfortable as well now that the pressure of running the team isn't his burden anymore. Jimmy Butler could very well become a star in this league, his first year solidifying the starting SG role from season start to season finish should prove as his biggest test yet. Chicago is excited for this season and expects nothing less than a NBA Championship and hope to have their first season without the curse of injury that has plagued the team for 3 years in a row now.