Chicago Bulls: Early look at free agent point guards

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Lower Tier

Elfrid Payton — Unrestricted

A 2014 first-round pick, Elfrid Payton quietly had one of his better seasons last year for the New Orleans Pelicans. He’ll have an opportunity to cash in as an unrestricted free agent this summer. In 2018-2019, Payton put up a career-high 7.6 assists per game while still averaging double-figure scoring.

Patrick Beverley — Unrestricted

Typically, you don’t like guys like Patrick Beverley unless they’re on your team. A veteran’s veteran at this point in his career, Beverley is known for his relentless defense. He’s a scrappy player who refuses to back down from anybody, regardless of size. Beverley isn’t a phenomenal scorer, but he shot nearly 40 percent from downtown this year and would add some grit to a young Bulls team.

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Darren Collison — Unrestricted

Another guy who put up a career-high in assists was one of the reasons why the Indiana Pacers were able to continue their playoff push in spite of missing Victor Oladipo. Darren Collison averaged a career-best 6.0 assists per game last season and is a career 39.4 percent three-point shooter. I’ll take that as a bridge point guard any day.

Terry Rozier — Restricted

At one point, we thought the Boston Celtics may trade Terry Rozier. Since Irving obviously returned and Rozier stood out in last year’s miraculous playoff run, many believed they’d try and trade him. But, Rozier stayed in Boston for another year and now will be able to test free agency. Boston can match any offer, but if they hold onto Irving, that probably won’t happen.