This season, the Chicago Bulls were extremely disappointing, with many different flaws across the roster that were not previously seen. There have been many pushes for the front office to make moves to remedy these issues, but it is uncertain whether they will be able to fix them or not.
One question that many Bulls fans have is whether this could have been avoided, and the short answer is yes. There are, in fact, several players that the Chicago Bulls let go that could have put them in a better position than they are in today.
Bobby Portis is just the first of several former Chicago Bulls players the franchise should have never let get away.
5. Bobby Portis
Bobby Portis was certainly a controversial figure in the Bulls organization, but this was related to some issues with teammates rather than on-court problems. It’s hard to fault the franchise too much for moving on from Portis after punching Nikola Mirotic in practice, but the front office was responsible for that dysfunctional environment in the first place, not Portis.
Portis was a solid role player with Chicago, but he has truly found his place in Milwaukee. The big man has become one of the top 6th men in the league and is a fan favorite among Bucks fans.
Portis was a key player in Milwaukee’s title first championship since 1971, providing excellent shooting and presence on the boards. He has averaged 14+ points and 9+ rebounds each of the last two years and is shooting 49.6% from the field and 40.2% from three during his tenure with the Bucks. This is tremendous efficiency that the Bulls definitely have missed; this team simply hasn’t had a dependable shot-maker off the bench like him ever since.