With the NBA’s free agency underway, the Bulls are looking to secure some help with their outer ring shooting, and if all goes well, add some outpost help along the way. One player can play on both fronts: veteran striker Danilo Gallinari, who is said to have narrowed his choices to the Bulls or Boston after he was bought by San Antonio on Thursday.
Miami is also said to be in the Gallinari mix, but according to a report from Bleacher Report, The Celtics are currently“Gallo’s preferred landing spot,” though NBC Sports reports that the Bulls are “mixed.”
There are some questions, however, as to whether the Celtics want to use their entire mid-tier exception, valued at $6.4 million, for Gallinari, which could open the door for Chicago to sign a deal. agree with him or not. The Bulls would have more money at their disposal and could offer Gallinari a better deal, if they wanted to.
Gallinari turns 34 this summer and just turned 14order NBA season. He averaged 25.3 minutes per game in 66 games, scoring 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. The scoring performance is the worst since his rookie year.
Bulls Badly needs shooters like Gallinari
For the Bulls, though, what matters to Gallinari isn’t scoring as much as shooting, which is an area Chicago needs to address during the season. Gallinari made 38.1% in 3 games last season while playing for Atlanta and has hit 38.2% in his career, and last year was indeed a bit of an exception for him, even though he still very accurate – in his previous four seasons, Gallinari has been among the most consistent 3-pointers in the league, hitting 40.8% in that span.
The Bulls are a very good 3-pointer in percentage terms — they hit 36.9%, finishing fourth last season. But they lose an average of 28.8 3 seconds per game, which is 30order in the tournament. Although star striker DeMar DeRozan is one of the most effective mid-range weapons in the NBA, it is clear that in today’s game, the Bulls need to be more prolific from the 3-point line.
In May, Bulls president Arturas Karnisovas told Mully and Haugh on Score 670 in Chicago that shooting was one of the team’s top priorities.
“Another year of playing together, continuously, again,” he said. “I think we’re going to deal with some of the problems in free agency. We need to be bigger. We need some rim guards, we need some snaps. So we’ll look to make a little improvement in free agency and see what our final product looks like. “
Karnisovas has a past with Gallinari, having worked as an assistant general manager in Denver when Gallinari worked for the Nuggets. Gallinari has been sent to Spurs as a fill-in in the Dejounte Murray deal.
Bulls still hunting for a big man
As for rim protection, the Bulls lost a major target when bigwig Mo Bamba chose to return to Orlando as a free agent on Thursday. Bamba has been the target of several teams outside of the Bulls, including the Lakers, Knicks and Heat.
Chicago also missed potential Clippers target Isaiah Hartenstein, who signed the Knicks in a surprise move. New York is still expected to keep midfielder Mitchell Robinson, who has long been an interest player for the Bulls.
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