Two good moves for the Chicago Bulls to start off the 2019 free agency cycle could be capped by a third underrated signing.
It was an action packed first day of free agency in the NBA on June 30. Since this free agency cycle began about six hours earlier than it usually does, this gave an entire evening for chaos to transpire. All but one of the premier names in this class of free agents signed down on June 30. Kawhi Leonard is about the only truly big name left on the market. The Chicago Bulls also had a single decisive acquisition in the first day of free agency.
The biggest news to drop on the first day of this free agent cycle was the Brooklyn Nets landing a trio that could completely shift the immediate future of this franchise. That trio included Kevin Durant from the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving from the Boston Celtics, and DeAndre Jordan from the New York Knicks.
What the Bulls landed on June 30 was a good veteran addition to the frontcourt with former Indiana Pacers forward Thad Young. The Bulls got Young on a reported three-year deal worth a reported $41 million. The original report that the Bulls snagged Young came from Chris Haynes if Yahoo Sports on Twitter.
But considering the vast array of moving parts and big names that switched teams on the first day of this free agent cycle, the Bulls stayed rather quiet. The chances were there for the Bulls to make a bigger splash, or spark a sign-and-trade deal for a player like Malcolm Brogdon from the Milwaukee Bucks or D’Angelo Russell from the Nets.
All in all, standing pat and landing Young was a good way to go for this team. But here’s a look at the three best remaining free agent targets for the Chicago Bulls after a wild day one.