With the NBA Draft in the rearview, the Chicago Bulls look to make serious offseason roster moves to position themselves for a deep playoff run in 2022-23.
As free agency approaches, the multi-million dollar question remains the same: will Zach LaVine re-sign with the Bulls? All signs point to LaVine staying in Chicago, but the ink is not on the paper just yet.
“We’ve been very open that we hope Zach is here for a long time,” said Artsras Karnisovas. “Nothing has changed.”
Karnisovas also expects Patrick Williams and Nikola Vucevic to be on the team this upcoming season. Adding rim protection and shooters are also on Karnisovas’ to-do list in free agency.
Chicago Bulls Offseason Needs
A 3-and-D player could address both of those needs easily. Kent Bazemore or P.J. Tucker fit the mold of an energetic player that can knock down threes and be a pest on the defensive end.
Tucker has been on the Bulls’ radar since he opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat.
Despite his age, the 37-year-old is still a productive player in the league. Starting in 70 of his 71 games in 2021-22, Tucker averaged 7.6 points per game while shooting 41.5% from three with 5.5 rebounds per game.
Bazemore averaged 14.0 minutes per game, 36.3% from three, and a 13.3 usage percentage in 2021-22.
Adding another center to play alongside Vucevic is a must. The two-time All-Star struggled defensively in his first full season with the Bulls. Due to a lack of length in the frontcourt and Patrick Williams missing most of the season, Vucevic was alone in the middle.
Adding a cheap center like Mitchell Robinson, a young 7-footer who is a proven rim protector, would be perfect for the Bulls.
Additionally, after drafting Dalen Terry 18th overall, it is almost certain that Coby White will be involved in any trade the Bulls make this offseason or next season.
The coming weeks should be chock-full of trade rumors and free-agent signings. Get your popcorn ready.
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