Chicago Bulls: Free agent guards to back up Zach LaVine

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This summer, the Chicago Bulls should look to add some depth on the wing. Specifically, they need someone who can upgrade the backup shooting guard spot.

Fans, can you believe that, at one point, we were questioning the Jimmy Butler trade? Think about it long and hard for a second. These Chicago Bulls traded a budding superstar after things fell apart between he and the front office (shocker) for a package centered around some kid, known for nothing more than dunking the ball, coming off of a torn ACL.

That kid, Zach LaVine, has proven to be more than worth the trade in and of itself. If the Bulls were truly going to lose Butler no matter what, and got what they could before losing him for nothing, then this trade was a massive success.

LaVine not only came back strong from his ACL injury, but has looked better than ever. LaVine is not just a dunker. He’s made that clear by now. LaVine is an offensive threat in more than one way, and blew away his career-bests last year.

In 2018-2019, LaVine put up 23.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists on 46.7 percent shooting — all career-highs. Not to mention, LaVine also shoots well from beyond the arc (over 37 percent last year).

Now, the mission for Chicago is to find someone to back him up. It’s a tricky situation, because the Bulls aren’t exactly a premier destination for free agents. They also have to work on their starting point guard problem, without a plethora of cash to work with.

Over the last couple of years, the Bulls have had a combination of guys like David Nwaba, Denzel Valentine, Wayne Selden, Rawle Alkins, Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson under contract. Some of them have shown flashes, sure. But, the Bulls need consistency.

In free agency this summer, maybe the Bulls could find an ideal backup. Who could they go after? Let’s look at a few options.