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The Bulls are 2–4 since they acquired Nikola Vuu010deviu0107, their best player since Jimmy Butler was dealt. That’s not great. It’s also hardly a surprise. As a middling squad that’s been atrocious against teams above .500, the Bulls decided to fast-track whatever phase of their rebuild this used to be by adding an aging, complementary All-Star who neatly fits next to the one they already have.