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    Getty Images Billy Donovan As the Chicago Bulls head towards training camp and the start of the season the front office is faced with a crucial decision, should they sign center Nikola Vucevic to a contract extension? Vucevic is entering the last year of his four-year $100 million contract with the team this season. The Bulls could look to trade Vucevic if they can get a good return for him, but the safe move might be to extend him during training camp. Chicago is already lean at center and can’t afford to lose Vucevic for no return when he enters free agency.The Right NumberThe key for the Bulls with extending Vucevic at this point will be to not overpay for him. Vucevic is 31 years old and is coming off of a season that saw his production dip to 17.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Vucevic still has value for the Bulls though as he can help the team space the floor and gives them a reliable starting center. In a new article from Eric Pincus of...
    Getty Images Billy Donovan The Chicago Bulls roster appears to be ready for the season as the team currently has 15 players. The Bulls had a low-key summer as they re-signed All-Star Zach LaVine to a max contract of five years $212 million and added veterans Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic on inexpensive contracts. With that said the Bulls still have questions about their current roster first of which is the health of Lonzo Ball’s knee and if he’ll be ready for the start of the season. Beyond that, the Bulls also didn’t address some of the weakest parts of their roster. Chicago still doesn’t have a rim protector and lacks three-point shooting. With that in mind, it’s fair to wonder if the Bulls might look to make a move before the season.Proposed TradeAnother concern for the Bulls going into this season is that Nikola Vucevic is entering the last year of his contract with the team. So Chicago will need to make a decision on what they want to do with Vucevic. If the Bulls don’t plan...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls. The Chicago Bulls haven’t made too many big-time moves this summer, but they have made some necessary ones. They re-signed Zach LaVine to a massive contract extension, brought back Derrick Jones Jr., and then added both Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic via free agency. However, as next season draws closer, it’s looking like the Bulls won’t be one of the top teams in the East. With squads like the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers topping the East, Chicago could be a couple of key moves away from truly contending. That being said, improving their roster without gutting their core players could be difficult. But according to a Western Conference executive who spoke with Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, the Bulls have listened to offers for star big man Nikola Vucevic. “Yeah, they are open to it [a Vucevic trade]. I would not say they have shopped him, but teams have asked, and they listen. He had a bad year last year, but he is in the last...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic of the Chicago Bulls. This offseason will be an important one for the Chicago Bulls. Last year was a great first step in the right direction, but they still have a long way to go if they are going to contend in the Eastern Conference. Their current roster simply isn’t equipped to do that. And with little wiggle room to make a big-time move, they will have to get creative on the trade market. DeMar DeRozan ad Zach LaVine are all but untouchable, as is Patrick Williams, at this point. In turn, it’s looking more and more like Nikola Vucevic could be the odd man out. But with him being on an expiring deal and entering the latter stages of his career, Chicago likely wouldn’t be able to trade him for a star, despite him still being a borderline All-Star at this current moment. So instead, why not explore a trade to add improved depth? Enter the LA Clippers. Here’s the outline of a potential deal: Bulls receive: Marcus Morris, Luke Kennard, 2023 2nd-Round Pick...
    Getty Images Billy Donovan The dog days of the NBA offseason are here as Summer League is over and the free agency moves have slowed down. For the Chicago Bulls things have been quiet for the last few weeks ever since they wrapped up their offseason moves by adding veterans Andre Drummond and Gohttps://heavy.com/sports/chicago-bulls/players-workout-los-angeles-kc-johnson/ran Dragic to the roster. While the Bulls achieved their goal of continuity this summer by re-signing Zach LaVine to a max contract of five years $212 million the team didn’t address all of their needs. The Bulls still don’t have a true rim protector and could use some more three-point shooting and extra defensive help as well.Proposed TradeWhile the Bulls roster is probably set for now the team could still look for help bolstering through a trade either before the season or early in the season. Chicago has a few trade pieces on the roster that would be interesting for a few teams to consider. If the Bulls were to make a trade the most likely candidates to be traded right now would be...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic of the Chicago Bulls The Chicago Bulls are in a tricky spot as an organization. They are very clearly a playoff team. DeMar DeRozan is coming off of an elite season, Zach LaVine just earned himself a big-time bag, and Lonzo Ball should be back from injury. But being a playoff team isn’t the goal. Chicago isn’t a city that cares about making the playoffs. Sure, it’s a great step forward, especially after the down years they just went through, but the ultimate goal should be winning a championship. And if the Bulls want to do that, they need to be active on the trade market. Trading DeRozan or LaVine wouldn’t be fruitful. Trading Coby White is very possible, but his salary isn’t large enough to get back an impactful player. A similar statement can be made for Patrick Williams, but the Bulls have already shown that they aren’t willing to move him. That leaves Nikola Vucevic. ❌ Nikola Vucevic is locking down the paint on ESPN pic.twitter.com/742S0Hk9vW — NBA (@NBA) January 22, 2022 Now,...
    Getty John Collins and Clint Capela of the Atlanta Hawks. Last offseason was a summer of transformation for the Chicago Bulls. They added DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso to the squad and, in turn, enjoyed their most successful season in five years, reaching the playoffs as the sixth seed. And so far this summer, they haven’t slowed down. Sure, the moves they have made haven’t been as huge, but they will help improve the team. Chicago brought in Andre Drummond to be a backup big man and Goran Dragic as added guard depth. However, with how talented the Eastern Conference has gotten, Chicago shouldn’t be complacent. There could still be moves out there available to them, and in this proposed trade, they would be landing two-key rotational pieces from the Atlanta Hawks. Here’s the full outline of the proposed deal: Bulls receive: John Collins, Clint Capela Hawks receive: Nikola Vucevic, Coby White, Derrick Jones Jr., Tony Bradley, 2023 1st-Round Pick (via POR), 2027 1st-Round Pick (via CHI) Trae throws it off the glass for a John...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls. Last offseason, the Chicago Bulls were the talk of the town. They completely reshaped their roster around Zach LaVine, adding DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso to the mix. With Nikola Vucevic, Patrick Williams, and others also on the squad, they put together a playoff roster for the first time in five years. Now, as they approach their second season with this core, they’re hoping to improve. Getting Ball back to full health will be crucial, and having Caruso available for the full season will be great, too. But there are still some other potential moves they could make to improve. While it’s unlikely that Chicago makes a blockbuster trade, it’s definitely not impossible. Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation wrote an article detailing potential Durant trades, and one of the proposals he cooked up involved the Bulls landing the superstar. Here’s the full outline of the proposed deal: Bulls receive: Durant Nets receive: Vucevic, Ball, Williams, Ayo Dosunmu, 2 1st-Round Picks, Pick Swaps If the Nets really...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic of the Chicago Bulls. The Chicago Bulls have been somewhat quiet so far this offseason. They signed Andre Drummond, re-signed Zach LaVine to a max contract, and brought back Derrick Jones Jr. But other than that, they haven’t really done anything groundbreaking.  That’s perfectly normal, but it’s funny to think about, considering how many rumors they were involved in leading up to free agency. Most notably, they were the primary team thrown around when discussing a potential Rudy Gobert trade. But that didn’t happen. Instead, Gobert got traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for five first-round draft picks. It was highly unlikely that the Bulls were going to match that offer. Bulls big man Nikola Vucevic was quick to chime in about the trade, but instead of analyzing it, he made a quick joke about his name being thrown around in rumors. “Glad my offer for the house I found in Salt Lake got rejected then,” Vucevic tweeted after the Jazz traded Gobert to the Timberwolves. Glad my offer for the house I found in Salt...
    Getty Images Billy Donovan The Chicago Bulls are gearing up for what looks like it could be a busy offseason for the team. First, the Bulls will have the NBA Draft on Thursday night and then free agency will get underway a week later on June 30. The Bulls currently own the 18th overall pick in the draft and could use the pick as a way to both improve the roster right away and add some youth. Chicago could also look to trade the player they select after the draft is over.Front of the LineSince the Bulls’ season ended in the first round of the playoffs there have been a number of rumors surrounding the team. Some of the rumors have been about players the Bulls could target this offseason to help improve their roster and lately one name has continued to surface, Jazz center Rudy Gobert. Recently NBA Insider Marc Stein joined The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor on Spotify Live where Stein discussed the rumors. “Like I said, they are the team that people talk about most with...
    Getty Bogdan Bogdanovic #13 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after a three-point basket The Chicago Bulls could be going about their mission of continuity in a different way than first thought, per league sources. Rumors of a massive trade are picking up once again with the 2022 NBA Draft just days away on June 23. “Locked On Nuggets” host Matt Moore reported on June 20 that the “expectation around the league” is for a Rudy Gobert-to-Chicago deal to be consummated on draft night. Independent of that, NBA correspondent Marc Stein did report that interested teams have been informed of Zach LaVine’s intention to re-sign “early” in free agency. This despite rumors to the contrary at the start of the Bulls’ offseason. A decision to make on another Bulls star, be it now or later, could spur another deal.Swapping Big MenAn executive tells Heavy’s Sean Deveney that the Atlanta Hawks are “considering everything” as they try to reconstruct their roster around Trae Young. Despite Hawks president Travis Schlenk insisting the opposite via The Athletic’s John Schultz, the prevailing notion...
    Getty Patrick Williams and Coby White of the Chicago Bulls. As the offseason gets set to begin, the Chicago Bulls will undoubtedly be active in the trade market. While they made significant progress toward their goal of an NBA title last year, upgrading their current roster is a must if they hope to compete with the top teams in the East. Their core of DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Vucevic is solid, but they lack a much-needed defensive presence. In turn, rumors have circulated that Chicago could look to make a move for Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert this offseason. However, there is one player they are unwilling to give up in a potential trade. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Bulls are unwilling to include young forward Patrick Williams in a trade for Gobert this summer. “Meanwhile, the Bulls remain invested in finding the optimal frontcourt lynchpin to pair with LaVine and DeRozan,” Fischer wrote. “Chicago continues to explore the trade market for two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, sources said. It has registered interest...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. This offseason has already been filled with rumors for the Chicago Bulls. From Zach LaVine to Coby White, they just can’t escape them. And unfortunately for Bulls fans, those rumors are unlikely to stop anytime soon, as the team will likely utilize the trade market as a method for improvement this summer. They’ll have the 18th pick in the upcoming draft, but outside of that, they will need to trade their way to title contention. Getting players back from injuries should help next season, but if Chicago wants to compete with the top teams in the East, they need to add some serious talent. One recent trade proposal would see them do just that. Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report suggested a deal that would see the Bulls land Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. However, as most fans have pleaded for, the deal would not include young forward Patrick Williams. Here’s the full outline of the proposed trade. Bulls receive: Rudy Gobert...
    Getty Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, who has been linked to the Chicago Bulls. The Chicago Bulls will undoubtedly be looking for ways to improve this summer. Drafting well is one option, as is signing players with the little cap space they will have available to them. However, if they hope to make any substantial changes, they will have to utilize the trade market. One recent rumor connected the Bulls to Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer noted that “sources have also indicated the Bulls are a team with interest in Gobert.” The common trade proposal that was brought up involved Nikola Vucevic and Patrick Williams. However, KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago offered his own take on the rumor during the June 10 edition of the Bulls Talk podcast. He stated that the people around the league he spoke to told a different story. In turn, he doesn’t believe that there is much validity to the Gobert/Bulls rumors. “I, personally, have not put a lot of stock into these rumors … There...
    Getty Bulls vs. Bucks Will Gottlieb of CHGO believes the Chicago Bulls should make a blockbuster trade this summer. In a June 8 column, Gottlieb urged the Bulls to trade Nikola Vucevic and Patrick Williams to the Utah Jazz for Rudy Gobert. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, Chicago is interested in trading for the $205 million All-Star. “Gobert is not Luka Doncic or one of the league’s offensive engines. But this is not a Jerami Grant situation either. Gobert is one of the league’s few defensive systems. He’s one of the best in NBA history, named to Defensive First Team each of the last six years and he was Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, 2019 and 2021,” Gottlieb wrote. “The Bulls were a top-10 defense the first part of the year when Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso were healthy. Add Gobert to the mix and they could easily land in the top-3 to 5. “Gobert is top five in Defensive EPM and first in defensive RAPTOR. He’s second in the NBA in defensive rating, first in defensive and total rebounding percentage,...
    Getty CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 12: Coby White #0 of the Chicago Bulls takes a three point shot during the first half of a game against the Brooklyn Nets at United Center on January 12, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) The noise surrounding the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has reached a fever pitch. After The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that the Bulls were a team that has expressed interest in the Frenchman, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer followed suit. Fischer asserts that any deal for Gobert would involve sending center Nikola Vucevic. The 31-year-old two-time All-Star is heading into the final year of his deal. He also showed some signs of decline and struggled to fit in as a third option last season. While we know what the Bulls can send in a potential deal for Gobert, there are differing opinions...
    Getty Bulls vs. Bucks The Chicago Bulls made the playoffs this season for the first time since 2017. They won 46 games and were the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls faced the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2022 playoffs and lost in five games. Chicago was led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan, who averaged 20.8 points. Nikola Vucevic was the Bulls’ second-leading scorer in the Bucks series. The All-Star big man averaged 19.4 points and 12.4 rebounds. Despite Vucevic averaging a double-double, though, some Bulls fans don’t know if the former Orlando Magic star is “a championship-caliber center” in today’s NBA since he’s not a high-level defender. In his recent mailbag for NBC Sports Chicago, Bulls insider K.C. Johnson was asked if Chicago should trade Vucevic this summer and the veteran reporter predicted that the 31-year-old would be back with the Bulls next season. “I found it telling how strongly (Arturas) Karnisovas supported Vucevic in his end-of-season session with reporters,” Johnson wrote. “Now, Karnisovas did avoid a question on Vucevic’s status as...
    Getty Images Billy Donovan The 2022 offseason is officially underway for the Chicago Bulls after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks 4-1. The front office will now be tasked with making the right moves this offseason to take the team to the next level. The Bulls’ front office has mostly expressed a desire for continuity with the team’s current roster after a busy offseason last year. The team added DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso last offseason and also drafted Ayo Dosunmu with the 38th overall pick in the draft. Chicago got off to a strong start this season before the injury bug bit the team in January. The Bulls were 27-13 when Ball went down with an injured knee on January 14 that caused him to miss the rest of the season. A week later Alex Caruso hurt his wrist and was out until March 12. The Bulls also lost Patrick Williams early in the season to an injured wrist that caused him to miss 65 games this season....
    Getty Head coach Billy Donovan of the Chicago Bulls looks on The Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert trade talk continues despite the team’s consistent message of continuity. They hope better health yields better results. But that plan has not always been fruitful. Last season, the Atlanta Hawks went to the Eastern Conference Finals. Now their ownership is regretting not improving after their first-round playoff exit. Things have been relatively quiet on the Bulls’ front. The main priority continues to be Zach LaVine’s free agency decision. Some have felt that the Bulls’ roster limitations could lead him to depart while the local optimism remains high. Most on the outside agree that there have to be some tweaks made to the current group. Some suggestions have been small like adding Dennis Schroder to the bench. Others, like this proposal from Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz, figure to reshape the roster. Swartz’s proposal sends forwards Javonte Green and Patrick Williams along with center Nikola Vucevic in exchange for Gobert.New Look BullsSwartz begins explaining that the Bulls falling off defensively...
    Getty Bulls center Nikola Vucevic The Chicago Bulls had a successful 2021-22 season. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2017 and had two players (DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine) make the All-Star team. Unfortunately, the Bulls’ season ended on a sour note. They lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs in five games, losing Games 3, 4 and 5 in blowout fashion. Bulls executive vice president Arturas Karnisovas told reporters during his exit interview that he wants to retain his core and build continuity. However, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report believes Chicago should trade its third All-Star this summer. In a May 4 piece, Buckley proposed that the Bulls trade Nikola Vucevic to the Dallas Mavericks for Dwight Powell, Reggie Bullock and a future first-round pick (lottery-protected). The Bleacher Report insider thinks Bullock and Powell would help the Bulls become a better defensive team. “Assuming the Bulls plan to move forward with the DeRozan-LaVine duo—unrestricted free agency awaits the latter—they might have to make a move in the middle,” Buckley wrote....
    Getty Images Billy Donovan The Chicago Bulls have officially entered the 2022 NBA offseason after losing game five to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night 116-100. While the season ended in a disappointing fashion, this season was largely a success for the Bulls as they increased their win to 46 after winning just 31 games the previous season. The Bulls’ success this season was largely inspired by their busy 2021 offseason. The team added DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso which made a huge impact. While this season was considered an organizational success, this offseason will be just as important for the Bulls if they are going to take the next step towards being championship contenders.Big DecisionsThe first big decision the Bulls will have to make this summer is on Zach LaVine’s contract. LaVine is an unrestricted free agent and is eligible for a max deal of five years at $212 million. The Bulls have said they want to keep LaVine, but how long of a deal they are willing to give him could be determined by...
    Getty Images Nikola Vucevic The Chicago Bulls got a huge win over the Milwaukee Bucks in game two of their first-round series 114-110 on Wednesday night. The win allowed the Bulls to steal homecourt advantage from the Bucks as they evened the series at 1-1. The win was a big bounce back for the Bulls who struggled to hit shots in their game one loss. In game two Chicago shot 49.4% from the field and made 12 threes to shoot 48% from distance. Leading the way for the Bulls was DeMar DeRozan who bounced back with 41 points. While Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 24 and Zach LaVine had 20.Proposed TradeWhile the game two win for the Bulls is certainly encouraging for the team, it doesn’t cover up the problems they had over the second half of the season. The Bulls showed they had a lack of defensive size and rim protection on the interior which caused the team issues. In a new article from Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, he proposes four realistic trades that could take fanbases...
    Getty Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball The Chicago Bulls have enough ammunition to add “Bradley Beal or someone of that caliber” in a trade, one Eastern Conference executive tells Heavy’s Sean Deveney. This would be a major shakeup to a roster that was atop the East for two months but sputtered into the postseason as losers of four straight before winning their regular-season finale. They posted the NBA’s seventh-worst record after the All-Star break going 8-15, the worst mark of any playoff team. Their prize for what was a monumental leap from last season is a first-round playoff date with the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee swept Chicago in the regular season and has dominated the rivalry winning 15 of the last 16 meetings. The Bulls’ last win came in the final game of the 2021 season with the Bucks resting all of their starters for the playoffs. This has led to early speculation over the Bulls’ offseason plans. The executive tells Heavy, “They know what they need to do. They’ve got to...
    Getty Anthony Davis With all due respect to the Chicago Bulls and their mostly solid 2021-22 regular season, almost everyone has already written them off in the upcoming first-round matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Between the team’s struggling defense, the absence of Lonzo Ball, and underachieving from Nikola Vucevic, most experts find it difficult to imagine the Bulls winning more than one game in the first round against the defending world champions. With that said, a lot of the talk around the team seems to be based on fast-forwarding to the offseason where Chicago is expecting to look to dump Vucevic in search of a more defensive-minded big man. On a recent episode of Keyshawn, JWill and Max, ESPN personalities Max Kellerman, Keyshawn Johnson, and Jay Williams discussed potential deals that would improve the Bulls’ roster next season. All three men believe the Bulls need help defensively and an injection of toughness, though they couldn’t necessarily agree on the route. Williams wants the Bulls to add a tough, defensive center while Kellerman and Johnson focused their attention on...
    Getty Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz reacts to a play during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers At least one analyst thinks that the Chicago Bulls (46-36) should refrain from making a blockbuster trade for Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert this offseason. The Bulls’ regular season ended with a 124-120 Bulls victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 10. They will take on the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs starting with Game 1 on Sunday, April 17. With that daunting task ahead of them, and in many ways because of it, some believe Gobert to be the perfect solution to the Bulls’ shortcomings. Heavy’s Brian Mazique recently reported on Brian Gelzeiler of Hoops Critic’s appearance on “Bernstein and Rahimi” on 670 The Score in Chicago in which Gelzeiler called Nikola Vucevic a “sieve” defensively and suggested that the Bulls should swap him for Gobert. “Because that spot, with [DeMar] DeRozan and [Zach] LaVine on the floor, needs to be a defensive-oriented five, a guy that’s going to...
    Getty Karl-Anthony Towns A major Chicago Bulls trade could be coming, but the team might have already missed an opportunity to pursue a blockbuster deal for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns. The Bulls are mired in a dreadful stretch of play that has seen them lose 14 of their last 20 games. This swoon couldn’t be happening at a worse time as there are just two games remaining in the regular season. The Bulls have locked up a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2017, but no matter who they face in the first round, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who would predict Chicago to last more than 5 games against the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers or Milwaukee Bucks. If things play out as they have over the past month-plus, the Bulls are headed for a quick exit from the playoffs and some major changes could be afoot in the offseason. Which Bulls Might Be Headed Out? It would appear the Bulls will part ways with Nikola Vucevic and Coby White, if possible. While...
    Getty Billy Donovan The Chicago Bulls might be in the market for a new big man this offseason. We’ve heard and written about a handful of names, but the one that would make the biggest splash is Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert. A few weeks ago, Brian Geltzeiler of Hoops Critic was a guest on 670 The Score’s Bernstein and Rahimi and he talked up a potential trade between the Bulls and Jazz that would land Gobert in Chicago. Now there’s another hoops writer calling for a similar deal. With rumors swirling that the Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors will have interest in trading for Gobert, CBS Sports’ Sam Quinn took to Twitter to remind everyone the team the Frenchman should be traded to–if Utah wants to move the 3-time Defensive Player of the Year and 4-time All-NBA selection–is the Bulls. I maintain that the Gobert team should be the Bulls if the Jazz aren’t gonna totally tear down. Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic+picks. Helps them stay moderately competitive now and Williams gives them upside for later. I’d go full...
    Getty Deandre Ayton If the Chicago Bulls don’t have make it out of the first round of the playoffs, or perhaps are completely overmatched in a second-round series, there could be changes to their starting lineup ahead of the 2022-23 season. The main guy likely to be replaced would be center Nikola Vucevic. While he has been an excellent rebounder and solid scoring option for a season and a half, there are concerns about his fit as a defender on a team with Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan logging heavy minutes. Neither LaVine nor DeRozan are winning All-Defensive team honors any time soon. Because of their offensive gifts, it’s something the Bulls will have to live with, but the argument could be made Chicago could benefit from having a more athletic rim protector there to erase some of the defensive mistakes on the perimeter. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Recently, NBC Sports’ K.C. Johnson answered a mailbag question that focused on the futures of Vucevic and...
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Nikola Vucevic The Chicago Bulls have been struggling over the last couple of months. The team has gone just 5-10 since the All-Star break and has fallen to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. At one time the Bulls looked prime to host a playoff series, now they are fighting to stay out of the play-in games. Chicago is just one game in front of the Raptors and two games in front of the Cavaliers. Plenty of things has contributed to the Bulls’ struggles over the last couple of months. Injuries to Patrick Williams, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso have certainly played a role in the team’s issues.Vucevic’s Struggles Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Some of the blame for the Bulls’ struggles on the defensive end of the floor has fallen on veteran big man Nikola Vucevic. An Eastern Conference executive recently told Heavy’s Sean Deveney that the criticism isn’t necessarily fair, but it’s something the team will have to address this...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic No matter what happens for the rest of the season and in the playoffs, the Chicago Bulls and their front office have some work to do if they hope to contend for an NBA championship any time soon. There is a decision coming up in regards to Zach LaVine. The Bulls may also elect to entertain offers for Patrick Williams, Coby White and don’t be surprised if Lonzo Ball’s name comes up in trade talks after the rookie season Ayo Dosunmu is having. Beyond all of those potential moves, the one player it would appear the Bulls have to consider moving is center Nikola Vucevic. From the beginning of the season, there were concerns about Vucevic’s ability to defend pick and roll effectively. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Those fears have been proven valid as Chicago has the eighth-worst pick-and-roll defense in the NBA in the area of scoring frequency (40.9%). Teams are running pick-and-roll against the Bulls on just under 22% of...
    Stacy Revere/Getty Images Billy Donovan To this point the Chicago Bulls have had a pretty good season, the team is 40-26 so far this season and is currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. However, the team has recently hit a rough patch as they’ve gone just 2-5 since the All-Star break.Some of the Bulls’ recent struggles can be attributed to injuries. The team has been without Patrick Williams, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso for an extended period of time. The Bulls also have a lack of size on the interior that causes them to struggle with elite big men.Suggested TradeEven when the Bulls are fully healthy though, it’s pretty clear that this is a team that isn’t ready to compete for an NBA championship. With that in mind, many expect the Bulls to be active this offseason in trying to improve their roster. An Eastern Conference executive recently talked to Heavy Insider Sean Deveney and suggested a three-team trade that could help the Bulls.“The thing they learned this year is that it is a good team,...
    Getty Mitchell Robinson reacts to Nikola Vucevic's game-winner during a October 28 game against the Chicago Bulls. Most fans were surprised when the Chicago Bulls walked out of this year’s trade deadline without making a deal for some win-now help for their playoff run. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t try. In fact, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, they had talks with the New York Knicks about a potential blockbuster. Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians When speculating on the future of starting center Mitchell Robinson, he noted that the Bulls had an interest in trading for the 23-year old before the deadline: The Post reported Robinson has had his eye on his native New Orleans as well as Dallas. Detroit and Chicago could also be in the mix after both clubs attempted to trade for him at the deadline. Robinson’s had an up-and-down tenure with New York, who drafted him with the 36th overall pick in the 2018 NBA DRaft. But no...
    Getty Billy Donovan The NBA Trade deadline passed without the Chicago Bulls pulling any deals. It is believed the team will be busy on the buyout market with players like Tristan Thompson, Goran Dragic, Thaddeus Young and Paul Millsap potentially available. While those players could be available and positive additions to Chicago’s roster, there was one potential acquisition at the deadline that should raise some eyebrows. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post–who referenced a source–the Bulls were “intrigued” by the New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson. Ultimately, the Knicks elected to stay with the uber-talented 7-footer who turns 25 on April 1. “The Bulls were intrigued by Robinson, according to the source, because they were looking for another defensive center to go along with Nikola Vucevic as they eye a long playoff push,” Berman wrote. Before the deadline, most wouldn’t have pegged the Bulls as a team in the market for a backup center. While current backup Tony Bradley isn’t exactly Hakeem Olajuwon, he still seems to be firmly in position as the next man up...
    Getty Alex Caruso Things are tough for the Chicago Bulls while they attempt to battle through issues with their roster due to an outbreak of COVID-19. However, in the bigger picture, the Bulls have had perhaps the most surprisingly strong season of any team in the NBA. Why have the Bulls, who are 17-10, been so good? You can look no further than the work done by Vice President of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley. They together constructed a team that most criticized initially, but have been forced to change their tune.The Bulls Are Finally Getting Credit for a Strong OffseasonWhat Will the Bulls’ Next Move Be? Chicago is need of a big man. They aren’t looking for a traditional, plodding big. They already have one of them in Nikola Vucevic, and he’s been terribly disappointing this season. That includes a horrendous performance on Saturday, December 11 against the Bam-Adebayo-less Miami Heat. Vucevic was outplayed by Dewayne Dedmon who dwarfed his production by outscoring him 20-10 and outrebounding him 11-8. The hope is that...
    Getty Karl-Anthony Towns The Chicago Bulls have been nothing short of fantastic through three preseason games. While it might be easy for Bulls fans to get excited about the perfect 3-0 start in the exhibition season it is important to realize the regular season hasn’t started. Until the games count, we must remain cautiously optimistic. Also, Chicago has played the Cleveland Cavaliers twice and an undermanned New Orleans Pelicans squad during this preseason. The Bulls will have some much tougher nights when the regular season gets going. There is still room for improvement on this roster. The Bulls have already swung a ton of deals this offseason, but one more huge trade might be the key to transforming the squad into a true contender. If Chicago could pry Karl-Anthony Towns away from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who should the Bulls be willing to part ways with to complete the deal?Mega Trade Proposal to Bring Karl-Anthony Towns to the BullsOne of the weak points for the Bulls has been the play of center Nikola Vucevic. Not only is the All-Star...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic Is there a team in the NBA getting more disrespect than the Chicago Bulls? Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley went to great lengths to retool the Bulls roster, but many analysts aren’t only predicting the team will fall short of contention, some are opining the front office blowing up the roster by midseason. Bulls Voted Team Most Likely to Blow Up Their Roster at the Trade Deadline We’ve heard a lot about the new Bulls lineup and how some of the pieces don’t appear to be a natural fit. We’ve also heard about the team’s defense. Many suspect it will be horrible, and there is concern about the guaranteed money the team has doled out in a matter of months to DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. Those factors seem to be powering Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley‘s pessimistic view on the Bulls’ chances to be viable during the 2021-22 season. Buckley can see the Bulls blowing it up by February. Center Nikola Vucevic seems to be the piece of the Big-4 that Buckley has...
    Getty Zach LaVine The trade and free-agent signing concepts aren’t going to stop when it comes to the Chicago Bulls. The team’s management group has put it into win-now mode thanks to a trade that brought Nikola Vucevic, but cost Chicago a lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft as well. Chicago has a budding superstar in Zach LaVine heading into the final year of his contract, Vucevic, and a young prospect in Patrick Williams whom the fanbase is trusting to take a major step next season. Does it sound like there is a lot of pressure in the United Center? It’s because there is, but ESPN analyst Jay Williams (h/t FanSided’s Daniel Greenberg) would love to see LaVine get some assistance in the form of Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard. Greenberg tweeted Williams’ quote: “I would love to see Damian Lillard and Zach Lavine in Chicago. One of the most lethal backcourts that can ever exist. Put these dudes together.” It is safe to say, Williams would have some company on this train of thought if...
    Getty Kyle Lowry shoots a layup during a March 14 game against the Chicago Bulls. Even with the NBA playoffs still underway, non-participating teams like the Chicago Bulls are looking ahead to an offseason with anticipation of player movement. After falling short of the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, fans are hopeful that playoff basketball will return to the Windy City in 2022. And for good reason, with Arturas Karnisovas and the Bulls’ new front office having taken an aggressive approach at the trade deadline in pairing All-Stars Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine. It’s no longer a matter of if Chicago will make an attempt to bring in a third All-Star, but a question of when. Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz has an idea as to how they can do so. The latest Bulls news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bulls newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bulls! Kyle Lowry to Chicago?In his latest piece for Bleacher Report, NBA Trade Ideas to Create the Next Superteams, Greg Swartz proposed five trades to form the next...
    Getty Wendell Carter Jr is fouled by Kristaps Porzingis in a January 17 game against the Dallas Mavericks. With the Chicago Bulls watching the postseason play out from home once again, there’s an increased pressure for the team to make big moves this offseason. They did so at the trade deadline, acquiring All-Star big man Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic. With both he and Zach LaVine in house, Chicago’s presented with a window to compete now. But in order to do so, they’ll have to get active this offseason in building the proper roster around them. One name that’s been mentioned multiple times now, is Dallas Mavericks’ big man Kristaps Porzingis. And as of Wednesday morning, the Chicago Bulls are among the betting favorites to land the fifth-year center. The latest Bulls news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bulls newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bulls! Porzingis to Chicago?After their Game Seven elimination loss to the LA Clippers, speculation is mounting that the Dallas Mavericks may aim to do something drastic this offseason as...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic looks for a pass recipient while being guarded by Brook Lopez during an April 30 game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Only 20 games removed from the NBA trade deadline, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone willing to call the Chicago Bulls trade for Nikola Vucevic a successful move thus far. Ahead of their Saturday night matchup with the Atlanta Hawks, the team has gone just 7-13 since March 25. And Vucevic’s strong numbers have proven more of an empty calorie diet than a hearty, fulfilling spread. He’s averaging 22.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and one steal per game since arriving in Chicago. But his latest game, a seven-for-27 shooting performance from the field and Bulls loss, has some questioning the team’s decision to acquire the All-Star. The latest Bulls news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bulls newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bulls! A Swing and a Miss?In his latest piece for Bleacher Report, The 10 Biggest Disappointments of the 2020-21 NBA Season, Grant Hughes hand-picked 10 of the...
    Getty Daniel Theis is defended by Tristan Thompson during an April 19 game against the Boston Celtics. As much as these next few weeks will be about the Chicago Bulls’ playoff push, it will double as one of the last opportunities for roster evaluation. When the front office went all-in on a deal for Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline, they raised their own standard for the on-court product next season. Not winning is no longer an option. With two All-Stars in-house, pressure will be on the Bulls to bring in a third, or at least the proper supporting cast around them, ahead of a playoff run in 2021-2022. But before Chicago can look at the upcoming market, they must first look inward at their own free agents to be. Follow Heavy on Bulls ↓ The latest Bulls news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bulls newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bulls! Theis, Vucevic Making for a Deadly DuoIn addition to Nikola Vucevic, the Chicago Bulls also brought in center Daniel Theis at the trade...
    Getty Zach LaVine The Chicago Bulls‘ resurgence has hit a horrible snag, and it’s time for the team to strongly consider trading Zach LaVine. LaVine has been fantastic in most games this season, and he’s playing hard every night. Unfortunately, he’s out several games in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. His absence comes at a crucial time. The Bulls are freefalling and holding on to the 10th and final play-in tournament spot with just 15 games left in the regular season. He’s only missed one game as of Saturday, April 17, but he’ll be out for several more. The team was already on a four-game losing skid when LaVine went out of the lineup, so his absence isn’t the primary problem. The Bulls are 3-9 since the All-Star break, and that woeful record has come since the team acquired Nikola Vucevic, Daniel Theis, Troy Brown Jr., and Javonte Green in deadline deals. The latest Bulls news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bulls newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bulls! Those moves were supposed to help the Bulls into...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic drives past Bruce Brown in an April 4 game against the Brooklyn Nets. No one was expecting Nikola Vucevic to be uprooted from his eight-year NBA home with the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline in March. Now with the Chicago Bulls, he’s looking forward to the chapter ahead. Now eight games in to his Windy City tenure, Vucevic has been as advertised. The two-time All-Star is averaging 22.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists. But the Bulls are just 3-5 since his arrival, currently 22-29 and the Eastern Conference’s 10th seed. With the three wins notably having come in their last four games, the stars may be aligning for a playoff push. The latest Bulls news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bulls newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bulls! Vucevic Pulls Back the CurtainIn his first interview since being traded two weeks ago, Nikola Vucevic gave a behind-the-scenes look at the trade deadline from his point of view, when speaking with Alex Kennedy of Basketball News. Unlike the rest of the...
    Getty Lauri Markkanen drives to the basket in a March 14 game against the Toronto Raptors. Right now the Chicago Bulls’ focus is on their playoff push, but the upcoming offseason will be a highly anticipated one in regards to free agency. Fans can thank the Nikola Vucevic trade for raising the expectation around the Windy City. The 2021 free agency class isn’t star-studded, barring Kawhi Leonard making an exit from Los Angeles, but the Bulls will have an opportunity to both retain and acquire win-now talent. But it may all depend on Chicago’s plans for Lauri Markkanen. The latest Bulls news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bulls newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bulls! Markkanen on the Way Out?In his latest for Bleacher Report, Every NBA Team’s Biggest Flight Risk This Offseason, Dan Favale dubbed Markkanen the most likely Bulls (restricted) free agent not to return: His role in Chicago only became fuzzier after the Nikola Vucevic trade. The Bulls no longer have the bandwith to give him experimental reps–and they didn’t seem inclined...
    Getty Orlando Magic star Nikola Vucevic is defended by Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. Given their failure to even approach living up to their lofty expectations this season, the Boston Celtics entered the NBA trade deadline with an air of desperation. Pandemic-related issues aside, the Celtics have scuffled this season and roster upgrades had become an absolute necessity. In the end, Celtics GM Danny Ainge’s big move was to acquire sharpshooter Evan Fournier from the Orlando Magic. And while Fournier was in the midst of a career year, his move to Beantown lacked a certain sizzle that the Celtics faithful had been yearning for. Especially with Boston having been linked to Orlando’s star big men — Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon — who were dealt to the Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets, respectively. In the wake of what some might call an uninspiring deadline, Ainge’s inability to pry either player from the Magic begs the question — were he and the Celtics ever close to acquiring Vucevic or Gordon? Apparently, the answer there is a big, fat...
    Getty Lauri Markkanen (left), Bulls In the end, despite a few weeks of rumblings and questions, forward Lauri Markkanen stayed put with the Chicago Bulls at the trade deadline. There was talk of a swap for point guard Lonzo Ball, but the Pelicans were asking for too much, pushing for Chicago to include a first-round draft pick in a Markkanen-Ball deal. The Bulls instead sent picks to Orlando as part of a package to acquire Nicola Vucevic. Markkanen told reporters that he never felt a trade was something he had to worry about, and had not spoken to team vice president Arturas Karnisovas about the rumors around his name. “I felt I’m in a good place that I can focus on the task at hand, I can play games and it’s not gonna bother me,’’ Markkanen said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “I can’t control [trades] — I knew that was one possibility when I didn’t sign my extension before the season, so I knew that was one thing that can happen. So it doesn’t affect me at...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic The Chicago Bulls appear to have been the big winners at the NBA Trade deadline on Thursday. The team made two major deals on the day. The most significant trade landed All-Star center Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic. Vucevic has worn the No. 9 jersey his entire career, but that’s also the number prized Bulls rookie Patrick Williams has been wearing. What gives? The rookie, of course. Per the Bulls’ official Twitter account, Vucevic will be wearing No. 9 with the Bulls, and Williams is switching to No. 44. Vooch will wear No. 9! pic.twitter.com/qLeSPEbS7X — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 26, 2021 Based on pro experience and Williams’ attitude, you had to know Vucevic would get the digits. Williams hasn’t done enough in the league to feel justified in standing on his number or even charging Vucevic a fee to get him to switch. The latest Bulls news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bulls newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bulls! Who are the best players in Bulls history to wear 9 and 44? Follow...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls acquired an All-Star center and sent a loud message to the rest of the NBA with one blockbuster trade. They’re serious about becoming a contender. And they’re ready to welcome top free agents. The Bulls pulled off their first major trade since Arturas Karnisovas was hired to lead their basketball operation last spring by acquiring two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic from Orlando prior to Thursday’s deadline. They also added Al-Farouq Aminu in the deal and sent Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr. and two future first-round selections with certain lottery protections to the Magic. “We’re trying to improve our team,” Karnisovas said. “That was an opportunity. You don’t get so many opportunities to improve with players like that. I think we’ve done pretty well today.” Vucevic is averaging a career-best 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds in his 10th NBA season and ninth in Orlando. He has two full seasons remaining after this one on the four-year, $100 million contract he signed in 2019. Vucevic gives the Bulls another go-to scorer to complement All-Star Zach...
    The 2021 NBA trade deadline was as much about the deals that didn’t happen as the ones that were actually completed. Raptors star Kyle Lowry, considered the most impactful player available ahead of Thursday’s deadline, ended up staying in Toronto (well, Tampa, but you get it). The Hawks shut down  the John Collins conversation pretty early. The Pelicans didn’t move Lonzo Ball. Andre Drummond and LaMarcus Aldridge are off to the buyout market. MORE: Evan Fournier viciously pranks Celtics fans at trade deadline Sure, there were a lot of transactions on deadline day, including one trade that involved an All-Star center. But it would be a stretch to say any deal drastically altered the championship picture. Does the lack of blockbuster trades mean we’ve punted on our annual naming of winners and losers? Of course not. Let’s do this. NBA trade deadline winners Bulls Chicago made multiple trades Thursday, but the reason the Bulls emerged as a winner is the addition of Nikola Vucevic. They had to let go of Otto Porter Jr., Wendell Carter Jr. and two lightly protected first-round picks, but Vucevic...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic Attention Windy City hoops fans; Fire up NBA 2K21, refresh your cable or streaming services deals. The Chicago Bulls‘ front office has pumped some life back into their organization. On Thursday morning, just hours before the NBA trade deadline, the Bulls agreed to a massive four-player trade that has landed them two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu from the Orlando Magic. In exchange, the Bulls sent Otto Porter Jr., Wendell Carter Jr., a Top-4 protected 2021 and 2023 first-round pick. Official Trade Nikola Vucevic (3 yr / $72m)Al-Farouq Aminu (2 yr / $20m) for Wendell CarterOtto Porter2021 1st Rd Pick (Top 4 Protected)2023 1st Rd Pick (Top 4 Protected) pic.twitter.com/NoxaML2z7i — Chicago Bulls Rumors (@chicagobullsbot) March 25, 2021 That high-screen-and-roll action with Zach LaVine is going to look a lot different. ALL the latest Bulls news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bulls newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bulls! Twitter Reaction to the Bulls’ Major DealArturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley recognized the need to change the team’s culture, and they...
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