1. Javonte Green
As you may remember, the Chicago Bulls originally acquired Javonte Green back in 2021 with a three-team trade that sent Daniel Gafford to Washington and brought Daniel Theis to Chicago. Although Theis was the Bulls’ primary target then, it turns out that Green was the real gem all along.
Green has made a huge impact on this team over the last two seasons despite not having big expectations on his shoulders. Javonte has earned the admiration of the fanbase through his gritty defense and hustle on offense. Not only is he one of the best defenders on this team, but he’s also a dangerous lob threat and solid three-point shooter, knocking down 36% of his triples over the last two seasons.
Despite his solid play when healthy, Javonte Green may decide to move on from the Chicago Bulls this offseason.
Although he’d be a welcome addition back to the rotation, Green will turn 30 years old in July. He’ll most certainly be looking to secure a sizeable payday while he still can, and a lot of teams would surely be interested in his skills at the right price. With the Bulls expected to devote their attention to re-signing Nikola Vucevic and Coby White first, I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest to see Green bolt for a contending team willing to offer a portion of the MLE for his services.
The one factor working in Chicago’s favor right now is the fact Green only played 30 total minutes at the end of the season after undergoing knee surgery in January. If nobody else is interested in supporting Green as he rehabilitates, the Bulls could still offer a short-term deal to allow him to rebuild his value next season.
Whether the Bulls are interested in that possibility, or would rather devote Green’s minutes to Dalen Terry, will likely be the determining factor here.