Chicago Bulls: 3 players that could go with Arturas Karnisovas as lead exec

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3. Tomas Satoransky, Combo Guard

An efficient start to the regular season, in his inaugural year with the Bulls, was marked by a slow end prior to the hiatus for the former Washington Wizards sizable combo guard Tomas Satoransky. Originally brought over to be a solid veteran point guard presence in the locker room, Sato hasn’t quite lived up to the hype.

It’s definitely not worth giving up on Sato at this point in time. He was still more than good enough to command a spot in the top eight in the rotation. But the Bulls might find better use out of moving him on the trade market and freeing up more playing time for the likes of rookie point guard Coby White.

In 65 games played during the regular season up to this point, Sato averaged 9.9 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.2 steals, while shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from beyond the arc. Even the advanced numbers didn’t do much to help Sato’s case prior to the COVID-19-induced hiatus.

Sato registered a box plus/minus rating of -1.2, 0.4 value over replacement player rating, .090 win shares per 48 minutes, 3.5 total win shares, and a 53.3 true shooting percentage. Most of his advanced numbers are down from last season, which is not a good sign of what’s to come.

If nothing else, the Bulls front office might look to see what they could get for Sato on the trade block before keeping him in the fold for the rest of his three-year contract.