The Chicago Bulls are set to embark on their first run of the season in five years. The team drew the toughest first game possible against the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks have won all four against the Bulls in the regular season by averaging 14.75 points per game. Chicago will obviously be empty-handed in the first round and it won’t help that they will be out of breath without Lonzo Ball.
Regardless of how things play out in the first round, the Bulls must feel this season has been successful. The key to the team’s success this season is the moves they made last season, the key to the team taking the next step will be the upcoming season.
Bulls . Free Dealer
This summer the Bulls have three free agents on their roster with whom they will have to make a decision. The oldest is of course Zach LaVine, but Derrick Jones Jr and Troy Brown Jr, 22, will also be free agents.
In a new Bleacher Reports article, Zach Buckley discusses what he thinks the Bulls will do with their three freelance agents. In his prediction, he said Brown would sign elsewhere during his time as a free agent.
He’s logged in for just 16 minutes a night this season and never caused major controversy for more action. His three-point shot increased slightly (35.3%), but his scoring rate was limited (41.9). The stats panel doesn’t show a clear top price area in his game.
At 22, he’s still young enough for someone to want to take on his development project, but it has to be a team in a different timeline than Chicago.
Prediction: Brown gestures to the Houston Rockets.
It certainly wouldn’t be surprising if the Bulls let Brown walk. This season, his play has been uneven and Chicago can save that money to address other needs. Brown will also make sense in Houston with the young squad they have.
In the article, Buckley predicted that the Bulls would re-sign both LaVine and Jones. Chicago has made it clear that they intend to re-sign LaVine, but their intentions with Jones are uncertain. Maybe the Bulls will let him walk if the money can be used to address other needs such as increasing interior size and depth.
Summer is important
The Bulls have certainly had a good season again, but if the team wants to take the next step, this upcoming free agency period will be crucial. Chicago will need to address the weak points on their roster if they hope to be a legitimate contender in a competitive Eastern Conference.
Another important aspect of this summer for the Bulls will be the NBA draft. For now, the team is expected to have a 19th pick in the first round, and could use that pick as another way to add key contributors. The Bulls can also use that pick as an exchange to add another star.
The front office did a great job last Summer for the Bulls to get them back in the knockout stages. This summer will also matter if they want to take the next step.
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