1. Derrick Jones Jr.
Jones Jr. has spent the last two seasons as a role player on the Bulls. He averaged 5.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 14.0 minutes per game last year. The 26-year-old should just be entering his prime and his defense and athletic ability make him a valuable addition to any squad.
Jones Jr. must continue improving his jumper and overall game, but he is a quality bench option. The 6’5 forward declined a $3.3 million player option at the beginning of the offseason to become an unrestricted free agent. He is now likely looking at a minimum contract from any NBA team. Will the bet on himself work? If Jones Jr. can find a larger role, he may be able to earn more money in future seasons.
Derrick Jones Jr. will get a shot at some point. If he does not sign this offseason, injuries during training camp and beyond will force teams to sign replacements. The 26-year-old is one of the best free agents on the market. Expect him to, at least, earn a camp invite with room to expand it into a standard contract.
How will the Chicago Bulls fill their remaining roster spot? What former Bulls find homes for next season? Stay tuned to find out.