The reality of the situation is that many of them won't be back in Chicago, but when reflecting upon how nearly half the Bulls' roster joined the team with that same knowledge makes the recently-ended season even more remarkable.

"Basketball," Nate Robinson explained when asked during the regular season how a team full of newcomers was able to become so cohesive, despite the natural need to display one's worth to potential employers. "One of our objectives is to win the championship, so put everything else aside and just play.

"As long as we win, we don't care about anything else. We're not worried about our one-year deals and stuff like that," he continued. "We're playing for now. We're not playing for the future. Right now, we're playing for what's at stake and that's the championship, so we've just got to take one game at a time and one series at a time, and we'll be okay."

When the “Bench Mob” was disassembled last summer, media and fans alike panned the decision of the Bulls’ front office to not bring back the likes of center Omer Asik, sharspshooter Kyle Korver, swingman Ronnie Brewer, point guard C.J. Watson and instant-offense scorer John Lucas III.

When the aforementioned players were replaced by Robinson and fellow journeymen Nazr Mohammed, Marco Belinelli and Vladimir Radmanovic, all on one-year deals, the response to the free-agent signings was underwhelming, especially in the wake of superstar Derrick Rose’s devastating knee injury. But after a regular season in which a myriad of injuries were endured to qualify for the postseason, while it can no longer be said that the team has one of the best second units in the league, its bench was at least much better than expected.

Take familiar face Kirk Hinrich out of the equation—a starter in Rose’s absence, the floor general would have been either a backup point guard or playing alongside the former league MVP if he had returned this season—as well as rookie point guard Marquis Teague and second-year swingman Jimmy Butler, who wasn’t a newcomer but was basically a bystander during his NBA lockout-shortened rookie campaign.

Throw in veteran shooting guard Rip Hamilton, wing Daequan Cook, another well-traveled player, and summer-league standout Malcolm Thomas, picked up even later in the season, and the Bulls have a total of seven players who aren’t guaranteed to be back in Chicago come training camp in October.

Still, while it wasn’t quite the almost collegiate atmosphere of the previous two seasons, the Bulls somehow developed a remarkable amount of chemistry that helped sustain them through an extremely trying season.