The primary waves of NBA Free Agency have come and gone, and it seems like many potential trades are waiting for the Damian Lillard domino to fall.
In the meantime, the Chicago Bulls have made some moves.

After getting Julian Phillips and Adama Sanogo on draft night, they extended Coby White and signed Jevon Carter and Torrey Craig.

Most of the roster is now finalized, with 12 guaranteed contracts and Ayo Dosunmu still a restricted free agent. Still, the Bulls could add another free agent or two.


So who is still available that they may want?


Jaylen Nowell, Guard

Nowell is a solid two-guard scorer and ball-handler. He is just 24 and has a good enough size. He’s flashed when given opportunities for Minnesota, averaging 10 PPG in under 20 MPG.

His issue is that he is not a great defender, and his 3-point shooting, which was respectable the previous two seasons, regressed on higher volume. Still, he would be a nice pickup with potential for a final roster spot.

Terrence Ross, Forward

Ross has been a solid bench scorer for a few years now. He has a prototypical ” wing size of 6’6″ and a lot of experience.

He shot 37% from three last year, which the Bulls could use in spite of his advanced age and regressing defense.

Hamidou Diallo, Guard

Diallo is one of the more athletic players in the NBA. He is just 25 and can give a team a slashing wing with a bit of mid-range shooting, rebounding, and defense. He cannot shoot threes at all, and that is really preventing him from becoming a consistent player.

Still, he is worth a flyer at his age and this late in free agency.

Bismack Biyombo, Center

The Bulls could use some competition for Andre Drummond at the backup C spot. Biyombo played great off the bench for the Suns in the regular season. He struggled mightily against Nikola Jokic in the playoffs, but who doesn’t?

Biyombo hits the glass well and is a much better rim protector than Drummond, though Drummond is much better offensively. He would be a great final piece to this roster.

Nerlens Noel, Center

Noel was a huge part of the Knicks’ success in 2021. He averaged 4.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, and 2.2 BPG. Since then, he’s dealt with injuries and being salary dumped, but Noel is still not even 30 yet.

If he can recapture his 2021 form, that’s the exact backup center the Bulls have wanted: someone who can finish some dunks, grab rebounds, and unlike Drummond, be an elite rim protector.

Taj Gibson, Center

A homecoming? Gibson spent the first 8 years of his career in Chicago, and while he doesn’t offer much except some spot minutes at the 4 or 5 now, he can still get a couple of buckets and rebounds and can guard down low. More importantly, he is a great locker room presence to have, and getting that from your 15th man is very valuable.

Danny Green, Guard/Forward

Green came off a torn ACL last year and struggled mightily. His days as a great defender are over at age 36, but he can still hit a good percentage of his threes (43% last season).


For a team that played well defensively last season but is in dire need of some volume shooting the 3 ball, he could be a solid add.


Wesley Matthews, Guard

Matthews, like Green, isn’t the same 3-and-D guy he once was but could give the Bulls a wing option who can get hot from the outside on catch-and-shoot opportunities. Still, at 37, Matthews is on his last legs.

Darius Bazely, Forward

Bazely had a couple of good seasons for the tanking Thunder but has struggled to find a role since. He is a prototypical PF and is still just 23, with some good offensive chops and rebounding, but is not a good defender at all and can’t really stretch the floor.

But he could be an option for a team in need of some size between DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic.

Trendon Watford, Forward

Most of what was said for Bazely applies to Watford, except that he has been in the league two fewer seasons but had a solid-sized role for Portland last year.

Again, a size option at the 4 spot for the Bulls.

PJ Dozier, Forward

Dozier isn’t a great shooter (career 31% from three), but he is a great defender who played a lot for Denver when injuries piled up.

He is another guy the Bulls can stick on the wing to improve their depth.


Javonte Green/Derrick Jones Jr, F, Bulls

I believe one of these guys comes back to the Bulls. Green missed most of last season but was a nice surprise for the Bulls in 2021-22 when he started most games as Patrick Williams was out and played great defense. His dunks electrified the UC, though his lack of a 3-point shot limits his overall role.

Most of the same can be said for DJJ, who even got to play some small-ball 5 and did it quite well in 2022-23.

DJJ likely has a lot of interest (Dallas is a rumored destination after missing out on Matisse Thybulle). Still, I’m sure the Bulls would take him or Green back now that they would both be pushed down a peg or two into better-fitting rotational roles.


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