With a new brass in place, the Chicago Bulls look to improve in every area going forward. Which free agent big men could they acquire this offseason?
Whenever the offseason period truly begins for the NBA, we are in for an unusual and interesting one for the Chicago Bulls. Having hired Arturas Karnisovas to come in and make all basketball decisions, we aren’t really sure what to expect going forward.
Obviously, we can expect Karnisovas to go to work. He’s not here to mess around, having already put together a strong staff with plenty of newcomers. Karnisovas specializes in international scouting and building a competitive roster overall, as he did most recently with the Denver Nuggets.
Speaking of his time in Denver, Karnisovas was responsible for finding Nikola Jokic. That type of gem doesn’t come along often, and the man was able to land him in Denver. This year’s draft isn’t necessarily full of international talent, but I’d trust Karnisovas will do his homework and come away with a potential star within the next couple of drafts.
Shifting gears to the entire offseason process, what exactly will Karnisovas decide to do in free agency? The Bulls may not have a ton of money to work with, unless they move some players around — and I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened.
What will the team do in the front court? Lauri Markkanen might still offer a lot of potential in Karnisovas’ eyes, but would he consider moving the former Arizona standout? How about Wendell Carter Jr.? Both of these guys are key players when analyzing the future of the front court, and if Karnisovas decided to move either one of them, the team immediately needs to add someone.
There will be some intriguing names available, but let’s look at five in particular, ranging from role player to superstar.