Free agency is looming just around the corner for the Chicago Bulls, and there are a number of potential targets that Arturas Karnisovas should look beyond.
This could be a crazy crunched timeline this offseason around the NBA. And teams that are still trying to rebuild like the Chicago Bulls could have an even more difficult looming task to piece together their rosters in the span of just a few weeks during a short period for which the next cycle of free agency, 2020 NBA Draft, and the opening of the trade market, will take place.
That will be a load for executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley to deal with. Really the only set date at the moment for this shortened offseason timeline is the 2020 NBA Draft, set to take place on the night of Nov. 18. That is less than two weeks for Karnisovas and Eversley to get ready for the draft, where they hold the fourth overall pick in the lottery.
As it appears now, the next cycle of free agency is likely to begin within 48-72 hours either before or after the night of the NBA Draft. That could place the start date of this cycle of free agency between Nov. 15-22. All of those start dates would be pretty sudden, and close to the planned start of Training Camp and the 2020-21 regular season.
The NBA just announced its plan to start the 2020-21 regular season pre-Christmas, specifically on Dec. 22. That would mean a start date of Dec. 1 for Training Camps around the league. It would also mean that the Bulls get to play in their first meaningful game action since back in mid-March.
But how do Karnisovas and Eversley plan out this cycle of free agency ahead of the start of the 2020-21 season? Here’s a look at four potential Bulls free agent targets that are overrated and the new look front office regime should look beyond this offseason.