The Chicago Bulls are rapidly approaching a turning point.
The franchise is about to embark on a monumental summer by deciding on a course of action and creating a blueprint for the future. 

The Chicago Bulls’ next major roadblock is expected to arrive this offseason. These are some of the Bulls’ main objectives for the offseason.

NBA Draft Lottery

Their hopes for lottery luck may influence the Bulls’ offseason preparations. The Bulls may entirely rethink their strategy based on whether they obtain a top pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

This might drastically alter the future of the team. Chicago is currently projected to draft at pick #11.

Free Agency Targets

Buddy Hield, Philadelphia 76ers

Buddy Hield will be a free agent after being dealt to the 76ers in February. The Bulls would be extremely fortunate to acquire Hield in the offseason. Chicago should pursue him primarily because of his capacity to make long-range shots.

Buddy Hield has shot 40% from three in his career, and the Bulls have struggled recently to make shots beyond the arc. It would be a substantial pickup.

DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls

You can’t forget about DeMar DeRozan’s impending free agency. He is playing like he is in his prime, even though he is getting older. This past season, he had another fantastic year for the Bulls, averaging 24 points per game while playing more minutes than almost anybody else in the NBA. DeRozan, who is 34 years old, averaged around 38 miles per game this season. According to reports, the Bulls offered DeRozan a two-year contract that could bring in up to $40 million per season.

Isaiah Hartenstein, New York Knicks

Isaiah Hartenstein is a mighty big man who sets up strong screens and competes intensely on both ends of the glass. He performs well out of the pick-and-roll and is a reliable rim protector.

His 2023–2024 numbers are 7.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 61.9 FG%, and 33.3 3p FG %. Hartenstein has been stellar for the Knicks in the playoffs; the 26-year-old big man may have a payday incoming.

The Zach LaVine Situation

One of the most significant decisions the Bulls will face this offseason involves two-time All-Star Zach LaVine. LaVine, who has career averages of 20.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.9 assists6, is under contract through the 2025-26 season, with a player option for the 2026-27 season that clocks in at $49 million.

Everything coming to the surface lately points toward the Chicago Bulls trading Zach LaVine this summer. They are reportedly looking to do everything they can to move him this offseason. The Bulls front office will have to reconcile with Zach LaVine or focus their offseason on how the team will look without LaVIne.

Chicago’s offseason could largely hinge on one move. The Bulls have some big decisions to make, whether it’s getting lucky in the draft lottery, signing key free agents, or making a significant trade involving Zach LaVine.
The direction they choose could define the team’s future. It’s time to pick a path forward.


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