Let’s offer some grades for the Bulls’ off-season moves.

Coby White // Grade: B+

  • 3 years $33 million guaranteed, potentially $40 million based on incentives

Reasoning

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Coby White is coming off a season where he averaged a career-low 9.7 points per game on a career-high 44.3% from the field, on a career-low of 23.4 minutes per game. Coby White’s low PPG is attributed to his limited role on the Chicago Bulls bench. White sparked the Bulls late in the season and into the play-in tournament. White shot 37.2% from three-point range on the season.

Coby White has already displayed improved play-making and defensive skills; Improving his shooting to 40% from beyond the arch would be greatly valued in Chicago. Overall securing Coby White for the next three years under the Mid-level exception is valuable.


Jevon Carter // Grade: B

  • 3 years $20 million fully guaranteed

Reasoning

Jevon Carter shot an impressive 42% from three-point range last season in Milwaukee. However, Carter played 22 minutes per game and attempted four three-pointers per game. The Chicago Bulls will need more than 22 minutes and 1.8 three’s made per game from Carter.

At this point, Jevon Carter will likely be the Bulls’ starting point guard. Expect PG minutes split between White, Caruso, and Carter.


Andre Drummond // Grade: B-

  • 1 year $3.3 million (player option exercised)

Reasoning

Despite playing just 12.7 minutes per game, Drummond provided a boost of energy off the Bulls bench, relentlessly chasing rebounds and put-back opportunities. There are two downsides to Drummond.

First off, Andre does not provide a three-point shooting threat, and second off, Drummond shot an abysmal 53.6% from the free throw line last season.


Torrey Craig // Grade: B

  • 2 years $5.3 million (player option for the second year)

Reasoning

Signing Torrey Craig on a vet minimum contract is a great deal. Craig shot 39,5% from three last season but attempted just 3.2 per game. The Chicago Bulls will require Craig to shoot at high volume. Craig is also a solid defender at either forward position.

If Torrey Craig can hit the same percentage on more attempts per game this season, this signing quickly becomes an A+ for the Chicago Bulls.


Nikola Vucevic // Grade: B

  • 3 years $60 million fully guaranteed

Reasoning

Nikola Vucevic has had a lackluster few seasons with the Bulls. The Bulls will need Vucevic to provide more consistent play at the center spot for the team. Vucevic has struggled to protect the paint for a team that has had its defensive struggles.

This contract being fully guaranteed is unfortunate. Having a lower guaranteed amount and incentives that would’ve boosted his deal based on winning would have raised the grade for the Bulls here.


Overall // Grade: C

  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Coby White
  • Andre Drummond
  • Torrey Craig
  • Jevon Carter

Reasoning

Yes, none of these free agent signings were individually graded anything lower than a B, but as an overall group, the result is disappointing. For a big market team not to be able to sign one of the premier role players available this offseason, such as Bruce Brown, Donte DiVincenzo, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, Caris Levert, Seth Curry, Grant Williams, Dennis Schroeder, etc., is unacceptable.

The Bulls used half of their mid-level exception on Jevon Carter when the entire 12 million would’ve likely been able to bring in someone more predominate. From the outside perspective, it looks like the Bulls are refusing to enter the luxury tax.


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