Bulls Rumors: Front office looking into backup centers at the deadline

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With Bulls rumors likely about to ramp up in the days and weeks ahead before the trade deadline arrives on Feb. 10, it’s interesting to see what the direction could be from the front office. It’s clear at this point that the Bulls have some issues to address amid this recent wave of bad injuries that claimed the likes of point guards Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball.

The rumor that seems to be the most hotly-discussed heading into the trade deadline this year for the Bulls’ front office involves upgrading at the four with someone like Jerami Grant or Harrison Barnes. But there’s also the chance that the Bulls make other moves to upgrade the depth of the rotation as a whole.

A loss to the San Antonio Spurs on the night of Jan. 28 shed some light on just how much the Bulls could use an upgrade on the bench. Knowing that, it would make sense that the Bulls try to upgrade the bench as the trade deadline approaches.

Bulls rumors showing that the front office could look into adding a backup center at the deadline

That seems to be the indication from one recent report this week. According to Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype, the Bulls are one of a few teams looking into adding a backup center ahead of the trade deadline next month.

Who that could be for the Bulls is definitely a matter of speculation, but it makes sense that executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley want to improve at the five. I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if the Bulls actually try to upgrade at the four and the five at the deadline on Feb. 10.

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This recent rumor could also shed some light on the fact that the Bulls’ front office and coaching staff could have a lack of confidence right now in what centers Tony Bradley and Marko Simonovic bring to the table. That would also make sense given the lack of playing time for both big men so far this season.