4 Free Agents the Bulls Should Sign for the Veteran Minimum

The Chicago Bulls should take a flyer on these low-cost free agents who could help them in their new era.
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Usman Garuba

Let's consider some low-probability flyers. Usman Garuba hasn't shown much in his NBA career so far despite being a promising first-round pick only three years ago. An established international player for Spain, many had hoped that he would be a difference-maker in the NBA due to his intriguing skillset. He is projected to be a versatile defender who could switch on smaller players on one end while providing passing, playmaking, and shooting on the other. That hasn't come to fruition yet in the NBA.

However, the 6'8 big man is still only 22 years old. The Bulls have nothing to lose by offering a minimum contract to Garuba and seeing what he can do. It's not like Chicago has too many amazing big-man options on the bench.

Aleksej Pokusevski

Another international prospect who has been a draft bust so far in the NBA is Aleksej Pokusevski. When he first came into the league as one of the youngest players in the draft, there was a ton of intrigue around the Serbian player. Listed at 7'0 and 190 lbs, Poku was one of the most unorthodox players we have ever seen in the NBA. So far, he hasn't been able to turn his ballhandling, passing, and long wingspan into a productive basketball player.

Despite being a four-year pro in the NBA, Poku is still only 22 years old. He spent the last season with the OKC Thunder and the Charlotte Hornets, averaging 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 14.5 minutes per game in 28 appearances. He has continued to struggle with his shot and finishing, limiting his offensive efficiency.

At times, he has shown interesting defensive versatility and rim protection in the NBA. Whether that is enough to get himself another contract remains to be seen but the Bulls should be one of the interested teams.

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