With the NBA Draft just a week away, the Bulls future hinges on their decision with their pick.
With the disappointing results of the Bulls falling to the 7th pick, and the realization that Zion Williamson or Ja Morant would not be rocking the red and black next season. The Bulls were left with 2 issues to solve, the point guard position and upgrading the bench.
It’s no secret that the Bulls were hoping to be able to draft Morant to solidify the lead guard spot, or Darius Garland as a backup plan if their pick fell between 3-4. Both of those players will surely be off the boards by the time the Bulls are on the clock at # 7.
So how will the Bulls, handle their 2 biggest issues, going into year 3 of the rebuild?
Well, it all still depends on what they do with their pick next week. With the LA Lakers armed with the 4th pick and young assets looking to acquire superstar Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, much has been made of the Bulls acting as a third team in a trade which would see Lonzo Ball ending up in Chicago. This scenario would see the Bulls getting the short end of the stick as Ball with his poor free throw shooting and injury concerns is actually a downgrade to current starting point guard Kris Dunn.
The Bulls could use their pick and draft a point guard. There is a rumor floating around that the Bulls are the team who made a draft promise to North Carolina product Coby White. White certainly has potential to fit what the Bulls need in a point guard to start along Zach Lavine. White’s ability to push the pace, as well as being able to play off the ball, could be the keys to forming a formidable backcourt duo.
Additionally, if the Bulls were to select White, they could look to sure up their bench by signing veteran free agents like Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris, or perhaps a reunion with Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose. The Bulls would be banking on White to be their point guard of the future, and savvy vets to be enough to help their young core take the next step in the rebuilding process and return to playoff contention.
Or maybe the Bulls aren’t planning to draft a point guard in the draft at all. Maybe they are planning to use their pick to add depth on the wing. The Bulls could draft a player like Cam Reddish, DeAndre Hunter or Jarret Culver. Culver completed a work out for the Bulls at the Advocate Center just this week, and ESPN’s latest mock draft has him being the Bulls selection.
Selecting a wing player in the draft could then see the Bulls once again chose to address the point guard position with Beverley or Rose, or the Bulls could take a swing at preying Malcolm Brogdon away from the Milwaukee Bucks in restricted free agency. There is some feeling around the league that the Bucks would let the former rookie of the year slip away if he receives the high of an offer sheet from another team. Brogdon would be an immediate upgrade over Dunn with his 3 point shooting and fits the timeline of the Bulls core.
The most likely scenario, however, is the Bulls drafting White or Culver and looking to bring back Robin Lopez and bring in Beverly to provide veteran leadership. No matter what move(s) the Bulls make, the front office understands that year 3 is going to be the most important year of the rebuild.
The Bulls organization must now establish a winning culture in the hopes of being able to attract superstar free agents, to come to play in Chicago in the near future. Bulls Nation will be tuned in to see how their plan begins to unfold on June 20th.
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