Chicago Bulls: Re-evaluating 5 players likely to be traded first in offseason

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A re-evaluation of the five players that Arturas Karnisovas would be most likely to trade from the Chicago Bulls soon is different compared to GarPax.

Whenever the impending offseason arrives for the Chicago Bulls, the new-look (and still changing) front office can finally start making tangible changes to the roster construction. And they could be potentially making coaching staff changes too.

The Bulls made the move to oust former vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman more than one month ago. GarPax were replaced by former Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas and Philadelphia 76ers vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley.

Karnisovas will be taking over as the Bulls next executive vice president of basketball operations, and Eversley will be the next general manager. That will move Paxson into more of a senior advisor role and Forman likely out of the Windy City completely.

In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic-induced 2019-20 NBA regular season hiatus, the Bulls made a lot of necessary moves to make the best of the down time. There’s not much more that Bulls fans could hope for during the hiatus than reshaping the front office, and just the overall look of the franchise from the top-down.

GarPax really started to become a national running joke during the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities, when there was not a single Bulls player that represented the team in the actual game. The whispers started about the Reinsdorfs looking to bring in a new lead executive voice in the front office soon thereafter.

Two big next steps for Karnisovas and Eversley, beyond filling out the rest of the front office, will be configuring the coaching staff and the actual roster construction. Taking steps to piece the right coaching staff together can start now, but the roster construction will have to wait until the looming offseason.

Here’s a look into the five Chicago Bulls players that would be most likely to be traded this coming offseason with the new-look front office in place.