No. 8: Paul Reed, 76ers (Restricted)
After three years in the NBA, Paul Reed has yet to average more than 10 minutes per game in a season. Because of this, many fans around the league are simply unaware of everything he brings to the court. This lack of playtime is through no fault of his own, however, it’s just an unfortunate side effect of sitting beneath MVP Joel Embiid in the depth chart.
In two starts this year, Reed averaged an exceptional 13.5 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks earlier this year. His impeccable basketball IQ and defensive abilities would make him a crucial piece for a competitive team in the right role. With a 6-foot-9 and 210-pound frame, I believe Reed would be a fantastic reserve behind Patrick Williams, giving the Bulls the chance to play big or small depending on their matchups.
The Bulls could make a surprisingly savvy move for cheap by signing a free agent like Paul Reed or Torrey Craig.
No. 7: Torrey Craig, Suns
While I may be a little bit biased with my personal investment in Reed’s potential, he’s still a relative unknown. That’s why going for a proven veteran like Torrey Craig may prove to be the far wiser move for the Bulls to make if they wish to pile on some depth on the wing this summer.
Despite the fact he’ll turn 33 years old before the end of this year, Craig just submitted the best campaign of his career for the Suns last season. Averaging 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, Craig shot 39.5% from deep while posting a positive 0.7 Defensive BPM. In many ways, Craig plays a lot like an older Patrick Williams. Unlike Williams, however, Craig has proven he can adapt to playing alongside several stars, sacrificing his own accolades for the benefit of his team.
Craig would be an excellent addition to the Bulls, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he opts to join a team closer to contention at this point in time.
Update: Torrey Craig has agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls
This looks to be a very promising signing for the Bulls to shore up a very thin rotation on the wing. Contract details are still pending.