Despite some adversity, the Chicago Bulls have continued their strong start to the 2021-2022 season.
Losing second-year power forward Patrick Williams for the season was a brutal hit to the rotation. The news kept coming, though, as Chicago found out it would be without starting center Nikola Vucevic for a while due to health and safety protocols.
The Bulls, though, have been extremely resilient. Head coach Billy Donovan has continued to play around with his lineup and rotation, and he’s done a masterful job matching up with the opposition.
At 10-4, the Bulls keep proving the doubters wrong. Their current West Coast road trip has seen them beat the likes of both Los Angeles teams on back-to-back nights and, though they have been short-handed, they keep winning.
For the time being, the Chicago Bulls must address front court depth and add a big man for the remainder of this season.
The NBA trade deadline isn’t for a few months, but the Bulls have to start acting now if they want to get ahead. The loss of Williams isn’t exactly sustainable all season long. Although, the effort from guys like Alex Caruso, Javonte Green, Tony Bradley and at times, Alize Johnson, has been admirable.
Chicago has to go out and get themselves another starting-caliber big man. If they can do that, their bench is going to be that much stronger with Caruso, Green, Bradley, Derrick Jones Jr., Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu.
If the Bulls wanted to go out and get another big man, there could be a few available. Already, there are some teams who look like they aren’t heading the right direction and have some players who won’t be part of their future. The Bulls should take advantage and go after one of these four front court players.