Chicago Bulls Rumors: Making sense of all the pre-draft chatter

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Chicago Bulls rumors, Patrick Beverley
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Free agent rumors


The lone free agent rumor swirling around the Bulls — at least for the moment — involves Chicago native Patrick Beverley. Beverley, the free agent, and former Houston Rockets junkyard dog, has teased fans with his social media activity.

He certainly hasn’t tried to hide his love for Chicago or his potential interest in returning to the Windy City as a free agent. If Beverley did join the Bulls, he would be an instant fan favorite. He would be a tremendous influence in the locker room and would provide a strong veteran presence for this young team. He also would endear himself to the blue collar fans of Chicago, as Beverley has become known for his tenacious style of play.

He is the kind of glue guy that a team like the Bulls need — someone to bring their lunchpail and an attitude to the court every day. They sort of had that type of player in Bobby Portis, but he is obviously no longer with the team. Beverley would bring a toughness the organization has not had in a while.

Verdict: Real-mor

Alright, alright, I know I’m hedging a bit here, but here’s why. While it would be a great homecoming story, don’t just expect Bevs to take a huge hometown discount and crawl back to Chicago. He is certainly going to test the free agent market, as this is likely his last chance to significantly cash in on free agency — so he has to conduct his due diligence.

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In addition, while he would bring a lot to the team, shooting and distributing the ball effectively are not his hallmarks. Consequently, the Bulls might want to go in a different direction, especially when confronted with the potential cost. So while there is mutual interest and certainly not just a ‘rumor’ it’s tough to call this one reality just yet — though it’s certainly possible.