Chicago Bulls: 3 biggest mistakes made during the offseason

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2) Chicago Bulls 2020 offseason mistakes

Not hitting the trade market at all

It’s hard to question Karnisovas’ decision at this point of using the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery to select the former Florida State Seminoles freshman forward, and reigning ACC Sixth Man of the Year, Patrick Williams. But the lack of trade discussions that looked to occur during the offseason was a bit disappointing.

Seeing that much improvement for this team during the 2020-21 regular season will be difficult with almost an identical roster to what the Bulls put together last season. They had a few trade chips to work with this offseason if they wanted to make any moves on the open market, including power forward Lauri Markkanen, center Wendell Carter Jr., and even shooting guard Zach LaVine.

It felt more likely that the Bulls would look to trade Markkanen or Carter Jr. Markkanen is in the final year of his rookie contract and had a very underwhelming third-year in the NBA. And WCJ also had trouble staying healthy in his first two years in the NBA and didn’t show many strides of progress last season.

Trading LaVine didn’t look to make much sense during the offseason, unless it came with the right return. But all options certainly should’ve remained on the table for Karnisovas and the Bulls heading into the fourth year of the rebuild. And maybe there were trade discussions that went on and we just didn’t hear much about it.

It will be interesting to continue to follow any trade storylines that might emerge this season involving the likes of Markkanen or WCJ.