The Bears added free-agent offensive lineman Ted Larsen and Manny Ramirez through free agency earlier this year. Friday night, the team made another addition to their O-line depth by selecting Cody Whitehair, a guard from Kansas State, with the 56th overall pick in the draft. All of that seems to further open the possibility of Slauson not returning to Chicago for next season. There have been trade rumblings regarding the veteran guard for much of the offseason.
With 10 All-Star selections, a Finals MVP award and an NBA title, Pierce really has nothing further left to prove in his stellar career. The 18-year veteran will turn 39 just a few weeks prior to the start of the 2016-17 season and appeared to be completely gassed during the playoffs. If Pierce does return, it would seem simply to be about his love for the game along with the fact that injuries to both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul totally derailed the Clippers in their first-round loss to the Blazers. Pierce averaged 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds across 68 games (38 starts) in the 2015-16 regular season.