1. Extend DeMar DeRozan
DeRozan is entering the final year of his contract, but the 33-year-old remains in his prime. He has been an All-Star and one of the league’s best scorers each of the last two years. DeRozan has scored over 20 points per game for a decade straight.
He remains a throwback player that dominates in the mid-range and rarely shoots threes. DeRozan is impossible to stop, but it limits his trade value. Some teams are against mid-range jumpers, so they are not interested in acquiring arguably the league’s best marksman from that area.
The Chicago Bulls have to extend or trade him by February’s deadline. They cannot let him enter free agency with no deal in place and risk losing him for nothing. DeRozan will be seeking $30 million per season, and the Bulls should give him a two-year extension worth $60-ish million to keep him. If they plan on contending, the Bulls need DeMar DeRozan and must pay him.
Will the Chicago Bulls run it back or blow it up this offseason? It is no easy choice, but they must pick a lane and go full speed ahead. The Lonzo Ball news was devastating but somewhat expected after his third surgery in 18 months. What will the Bulls do now? Stay tuned to find out.