Chicago Bulls: 3 biggest free agent misses from the offseason

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1) Chicago Bulls free agency misses

Pick Analysis. 24. Shaquille Harrison. 1. player. Scouting Report. Combo Guard. Age: 27

The lone name on this list of potential free agent misses for Karnisovas and the Bulls that has not signed a contract yet is the vastly underrated two-way former Tulsa Golden Hurricane 6-foot-4 and 180 pound combo guard Shaquille Harrison. There could be an efficient role that Harrison fits into with another NBA team in the near future, as he’s still just 27 years old.

But Karnisovas and Eversley did not extend Harrison a qualifying offer in this cycle of restricted free agency, hence making him an unrestricted free agent on the open market. That didn’t make a whole lot of sense given that the Bulls did bring back the likes of 27-year-old shooting guard Denzel Valentine and second-year wing Adam Mokoka in restricted free agency.

As one of the biggest value free agents left on the open market, as of the early afternoon of Dec. 7, Harrison shouldn’t have to wait too much longer before he finds his next home. He was really efficient in 43 games played (10 of which he started in) during the shortened 2019-20 regular season with the Bulls.

He averaged 4.9 points per game, 2.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks. And Harrison shot 46.7 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from beyond the arc, and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line.

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That all amounted to a team-high 2.8 box plus/minus rating, sparkling 116 offensive rating/105 defensive rating, 0.6 value over replacement player rating, .153 win shares per 48 minutes, 17.8 player efficiency rating, and 55.9 true shooting percentage. This seems like a player that would be brought back on another value contract given the overall production and efficiency he gave the Bulls last season.