Nikola Mirotic was named MVP for Liga Endesa for the 2012/13 season.
Mirotic's draft rights are owned by the Bulls, but he's not expected to come over from Europe until the 2014 offseason. After winning the "rising star" award in Euroleague last season, Mirotic's stock is undoubtedly on the rise. He figures to play a key part in Chicago's future.
Daequan Cook is not expected to return to the Bulls next season.
It's hardly a surprise. Cook was largely glued to the bench since he signed with the Bulls and was never going to be there beyond this season. Cook joins Nate Robinson, Richard Hamilton and Marco Belinelli as Bulls players who aren't expected to return next year. Chicago will have to remake its bench again for the second straight offseason.
Nate Robinson said he'd love to re-sign with the Bulls but knows there is "limited space."
The Bulls beat corps doesn't seem think there's enough room for Nate on the roster or under the cap. Chicago will have Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Marquis Teague under contract next season while Robinson is likely to fetch a much better deal than the league minimum he played for this season.
Tom Thibodeau said he'd like to have Nazr Mohammed return next season.
"Hopefully we'll have an opportunity with him, but again, you don't know what the market will call for," Thibodeau said. It would be surprising if Mohammed got an offer above the veteran's minimum, so if the Bulls want him back, it shouldn't be hard to work out a new deal.
Kirk Hinrich (calf) is not expected to need surgery.
Hinrich should be able to make a full recovery without surgery, and while that's good news, Hinrich remains an injury risk going into next season. He dealt with a myriad of injuries this season, but he should be able to keep his body in better shape playing a backup role behind Derrick Rose next season. Hinrich was never expected to play the role he wound up playing this year.
Luol Deng (illness) reported improvement since the Bulls season ended.
Thankfully, it looks as if Deng's ordeal is coming to a conclusion at some point in the near future. He's expected to make a full recovery, but it's becoming increasingly clear how far he was from actually playing in round two against the Heat.
The Chicago Sun-Times believes Marco Belinelli will be with another team next season.
Belinelli showed his worth as an option on the perimeter next season and filled in admirably while playing a larger role than he should have in Chicago, and it's possible he's played his way into a multi-year deal with another team as a result. The Bulls will likely have to remake their bench once again.