Three Potential Free-Agent Targets for the Chicago Bulls
With NBA free agency approaching, there are some key pieces the Chicago Bulls could target to help improve their team.
Since obtaining the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Bulls have turned their attention to finding ways to improve their team this offseason. With the NBA Draft scheduled to take place on November 18th and free agency following right after on the 20th, there are plenty of moves that can take place.
While it is every single Bulls fan’s dream for them to sign Anthony Davis or a major superstar, this is just not plausible given that the Bulls are still in a rebuilding stage. However, there are plenty of interesting players that the Bulls can acquire through free agency. Here are three potential fits the team could pursue.
The Bulls are currently dealing with the dilemma that both Kris Dunn and Shaq Harrison will be impending free agents and could walk this fall. As a result, the wing depth on the team is rather minuscule. Additionally, Otto Porter Jr. and Chandler Hutchinson have struggled to stay healthy so adding a proven veteran with durability is needed.
Insert Joe Harris. Harris is a perfect fit for what new head coach Billy Donovan wants to implement. Coach Donovan wants to implement a system where the entire team plays fast with many shooters all around. When playing in transition, Donovan would want shooters at his disposal that can knock down corner shots and play all around the court. Harris is a fantastic shooter and would provide much-needed spacing to a team that struggled in that area under Jim Boylen.
This past season with the Nets, Harris averaged 14.5 points per game while shooting 48.6% from the field and 42.4% behind the three-point line. Harris played in 69 games during the 2019-20 campaign, indicating that he can stay on the court. He would be a welcome addition to the new Chicago Bulls’ brass.
If the Bulls are all in on the development side of their players, Malik Beasley could be an intriguing target for them. Only 23 years old, Beasley can offer needed wing depth that has been severely lacking over the past two seasons.
During the 2019-20 season with the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves, he averaged 11.2 points per game and shot 42.5% from the field in 22 minutes per game. He especially began to shine before the season came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beasley has connections with new Executive Vice President Arturas Karnisovas, as AK drafted Beasley when he was a general manager for the Denver Nuggets. If Karnisovas is looking for a young player who can provide additional scoring, Beasley would make a lot of sense.
However, a major concern is Beasley’s defense, as it leaves a lot to be desired. If this is not a dealbreaker for the Bulls, he could be a useful player in Billy Donovan’s system. It is important to note that Beasley is a restricted free agent, so it might be difficult to get him unless he is offered a hefty contract.
Although highly unlikely, Marc Gasol would be an excellent fit for the Bulls if they could get him for cheap. Over the past two seasons, Wendell Carter Jr. has struggled mightily to stay on the court, missing 77 games. Carter Jr.’s injuries have been a major concern and must be taken into consideration.
While Daniel Gafford showed flashes this past season, it may make some sense to go after a seasoned veteran. Gasol would provide just that. His older brother, Pau, spent two seasons with the Bulls and experienced a lot of success.
While the Bulls are in the midst of a rebuild, Marc Gasol could bring championship experience and leadership qualities that were severely lacking under coach Jim Boylen. This disorganization showed up on the court as the Bulls’ performance was borderline mediocre.
Adding Gasol into the mix with coach Donovan and the new leadership can help push the team into playoff contention. He might not be what he once was, but Gasol can still serve as a major asset to a young team trying to break into contention.
The only reason that this can be seen as a longshot is that Gasol is already 35 years old and joining a rebuilding team might be the last thing on his mind. However, if that isn’t a concern, then he could be a sneaky target for the Bulls.