At this point, what you see is most likely what will get you through to the Chicago Bulls roster. General manager Marc Eversley said on draft night that he doesn’t foresee any one-off action that would suddenly make them a title contender to present this offseason.
That could change at any time, and there’s an expectation that the Bulls will be involved in a big midseason move in one way or another.
Which direction the season goes in will make a big contribution to what they do.
If they have a successful season and remain in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Bulls will need experienced reinforcements for an extended postseason run. Ideally, they can add someone with a lot of experience in situations like this. There might also be an option readily available.
Bulls could benefit from PHX
A team like the Bulls that lack tradable assets needs to know when to grab a bargain. In sports, that usually means taking advantage of teams looking to tank. We already know that bulls’ aversion to the luxury tax will keep them out of many potential deals. However, they could benefit from a different kind of distress sale.
The Phoenix Suns are in the market after team governor Robert Sarver decided to sell the team amid its suspension for unethical conduct. They open training camp on September 27 but they will apparently lose a player in striker Jae Crowder.
This is where the cops could step in.
Earlier this summer, the 10-year veteran shared a tweet that many believed was also about his future in Suns, which is in doubt as he enters his final year in three years. $29 million deal.
“CHANGE IS INEVITABLE.. GROWTH IS OPTIONAL.!! I BELIEVE IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE…I WANT TO CONTINUE TO GROW.”
Maybe he can do that while adding some toughness to the Bulls.
The Bulls could trade Coby White for Crowder along with one of Javonte Green or Marko Simonovic while staying under the luxury tax.
Crowder on the bulls
Crowder, 32, averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Suns last season. There was a chatter he faded after shooting just 34.8% from downtown. And he’s only had two seasons in his career where he’s shot the long ball over 35%; most recently in 2021 when he shot 38.9% on 6.3 attempts per game.
The 6-foot-6 forward overshot 36% on catch-and-shoot three-pointers in the regular season. But the postseason was tough as Crowder was only able to knock down 30% of his three overall and 29% on catch-and-shoot looks.
However, it brings value in ways other than the ability to stretch the floor.
Only Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso can boast that among the Bulls’ rotation players.
Bulls need defense, toughness
Landing Patrick Williams for a full season will be a huge boon for the Bulls if he stays healthy this season. But they’re still thin behind him and Crowder offers all the things a team with playoff ambitions should aim for.
The bulls are curbing themselves by avoiding the luxury tax, but they are not without options.
It might be closer to the deadline. But Crowder, who started all 67 of his appearances last season, could follow a path similar to DeMar DeRozan and find a new NBA life with the Bulls.
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