The restricted free agent market isn’t all that fruitful this offseason. But there might be a sign-and-trade that benefits the Chicago Bulls roster.
Restricted free agency usually isn’t a market that most teams around the NBA, including the Chicago Bulls, hit to find answers to various depth problems each passing offseason. But it is an option for the Bulls as they have so many new moving pieces within the organization since their offseason arrived back in spring.
It all started for the Bulls by demoting former vice president of basketball operations John Paxson to a senior advisor role and replacing him with ex-Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas. Now taking over as the lead voice in the front office for Paxson, the official title for Karnisovas will be executive VP of basketball operations.
Then, Karnisovas hired away former Philadelphia 76ers senior VP of player personnel Marc Eversley to replace Gar Forman as the Bulls general manager. It wouldn’t be too long after that where the Bulls parted ways with now former head coach Jim Boylen, which occurred back on Aug. 14. And then, Karnisovas and Eversley replaced Boylen with the former Oklahoma City Thunder and Florida Gators hoops head coach Billy Donovan.
The next step this offseason in this massive overhaul within the Bulls organization appears to be Donovan retooling the rest of the coaching staff around him. He just parted ways with four previous assistants on the Bulls staff on Oct. 12. We’ll see where they go from here with the building out of the coaching staff around Donovan.
But the final piece to the puzzle this offseason for reshaping this Bulls rebuild, that has all of the attention of the fan base, is what Karnisovas and Eversley do with the roster in this cycle of free agency, along with potential trades and the NBA Draft. One of the aspects of this offseason that will soon impact the Bulls is the arrival of this cycle of free agency.
If the Bulls do look into the restricted free agent market to find the best direction for this rebuild, which are the grind prize targets they could scout further?