Chicago Bulls: 3 free agent targets to improve bench next season

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If the Chicago Bulls are going to really improve the team under Arturas Karnisovas’ direction next season, the bench has to be much better.

Entering the 2020 offseason, the Chicago Bulls are likely going to be in a position where they need to think about significantly reshaping the roster. They already reshaped the look of the front office from the top-down.

It all started with the hiring of the former Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas as the next executive vice president of basketball operations. Karnisovas replaced the former vice president of basketball operations John Paxson as the lead executive in the Bulls front office. And he promptly hired the former Philadelphia 76ers vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley to be the next general manager to replace Gar Forman.

After that, Karnisovas made a variety of other hirings including J.J. Polk and Pat Connally.

But one of the most important decisions that Karnisovas has as the Bulls lead exec will be what to do with the roster construction and head coach Jim Boylen. The seat is reportedly heating up around Boylen at the moment, though.

A different head coach might make the Bulls a more appealing free agency and trade destination to any prospective player targets.

While this isn’t the strongest free agent class comparatively to 2019 or the projected class of 2021, the Bulls still need to get the roster right for Karnisovas’ first full season at the helm. The Bulls have to get the cap sheet and rebuild right to successfully hit the trade market and sparkling free agent class of 2021.

Here’s a look into the three 2020 free agent targets that could significantly bolster the Bulls bench next season.