7 Potential Chicago Bulls free agent targets with ties to Zach LaVine

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3. Jerami Grant

The Bulls have a decision on what to do with Patrick Williams over the next 13 months. The 21-year-old took a step forward in his third NBA year, and the 6’7 forward has elite 3-and-D potential. Is Chicago willing to pay him? Williams can become a restricted free agent in 2024, and the Bulls will have to give him a massive contract in order to keep him.

Grant averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 35.7 minutes per game for the Blazers this season. The 6’8 forward shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range and proved that he can be a force on both ends of the floor.

Zach LaVine played with Jerami Grant at the Tokyo Olympics as Team USA brought home the gold medal. LaVine was part of the second unit as Grant played an end-of-the-bench role, and there were rumors that both stars would join the Blazers last summer. Could LaVine and Grant team up in Chicago?

Grant is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he is looking for a massive payday. He turned down a four-year extension from Portland and the 6’8 forward plans on cashing in this summer. The Bulls would have to view him as a Patrick Williams upgrade, and they will struggle to find the cap space to add him in free agency. They could pull off a sign-and-trade if they can convince Jerami Grant to play in Chicago, but even that seems far-fetched.