New look for the Chicago Bulls

It's safe to say that no team has undergone such a shake-up to its roster as quickly as the Chicago Bulls have this off-season. Whether it be the loss of both Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks, or the uncertainty surrounding the status of Pau Gasol, the franchise as a whole is transitioning, and transitioning fast. It's clear that Rose has been on the decline over the course of the last few years, a far cry from his MVP season, and Noah has been vocal about his frustration and his desire to leave the Windy City, so, in some ways one could look at this as good riddance for the franchise in their attempt to have a clean slate with Jimmy Butler as the face of the future.

As far as Pau Gasol is concerned, the 35-year-old veteran clearly still has some gas in the tank and some energy left in his older legs, and it's clear that he is nowhere near done playing the game of Basketball. Even in his older years, he is still effective out on the floor, and, even though his numbers have been down since playing at a championship level in Los Angeles, the veteran still has a lot to offer any team that is interested in signing him.

Teams including the Blazers, T'wolves, and Spurs have all expressed interest in acquiring the big man, and it's not hard to see him suiting up in San Antonio, as they have extensive experience in keeping their veterans happy and productive, all while managing their minutes.

As the saying goes, out with the old, in with the new, and, to contrast the exodus that the Bulls have recently undergone, they welcome veteran Point Guard Rajon Rondo, as Rondo has just signed a two-year deal worth $28 million.

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While Rondo has certainly experienced something of his own decline since his championship days in Boston, he is still one of the premiere PG's in the league, as he had a multitude of triple-doubles and 15+ assist games during his stay in Sacramento. As the Bulls look to add pieces to play around Jimmy Butler, a veteran like Rajon Rondo is a great place to start.

Al Horford headed to Boston

After a number of productive years with the Atlanta Hawks, veteran big man Al Horford has agreed to a four-year deal with the Boston Celtics worth $113 million.

The Hawks have had a number of recent successful years, however, they failed to get over the hump and make a real impact when it counted, and the tandem of Paul Milsap and Al Horford wasn't enough to get things done. Instead, Horford now joins a talented young Celtics squad that will no doubt greatly benefit from his leadership and experience as a league veteran.

Horford is certainly still an effective player, and he may be just what the Celtics need to get themselves over the hump and start legitimately contending in the Eastern Conference.

As one of the most storied franchises in all of basketball, there has to be a great sense of Celtic pride that comes with bringing in a talent like Al Horford. While he is certainly not an elite player like a Kevin Durant or a LeBron James, he is a mid-tier talent that is good at what he does, and he is consistent and effective out on the floor. It'll be interesting to see how he meshes with a young Celtics core in Boston.

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