As free agency and trade rumors continue to circulate, news released that Chicago Bulls' two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic wants to sign an extension with the team.
Amid trade rumors for other high-caliber centers, this news is rather interesting. Many of the hypothetical trades out there include the Bulls' big man, although there is not much hard reporting on possible trades rumors including Vucevic. With that said, it will be intriguing to see if the Bulls shop or extend him.
In 2021-22 Vucevic had himself an alright season. He played in 73 games this season. In addition, he averaged 17.6 PPG and was a reliable rebounder averaging 11.0 RPG.
Vucevic’s most significant flaw might be what will keep the Bulls from wanting to extend him, which is his defensive presence. Vucevic’s lack of shot-blocking and lateral quickness made him a defensive liability for the team last season.
This past season, opposing centers averaged 19.1 points per game against the Bulls.
On the bright side, the 31-year-old is a highly lethal offensive center. On the season, he knocked down 47.3% of his shots. He also averaged 1.0 BPG along with his scoring and rebounding metrics.
The dynamic Vucevic plays with fits the Bulls well when the team is fully healthy. However, some signs show the team may go in a different direction at the center position come next season.