Another of the Bulls' biggest needs that went unaddressed at the deadline was in the frontcourt. With Patrick Williams and Torrey Craig both missing time due to injury, their forward depth was spread extremely thin. This was evidenced by players like Dalen Terry getting heavy minutes at the height of the injury troubles.
The team had a big need for three-and-D type players, as well as a strong reserve forward leading up to the headline. They failed to address that need, and it could cost them big time down the stretch of the season. One player they could have targeted to fill this area of concern was Daniel Gafford.
Ironically enough, Gafford began his career with the Bulls. He played 74 games for the franchise between 2019 and 2021 before being traded to the Washington Wizards at the deadline in March 2021. Since then, Gafford's game has only grown, and he has become a full-time starter this season, putting up 10.9 points and eight rebounds per game.
Gafford's interior presence and rebounding ability would be a huge boost for the Bulls right now, and he would have helped them in lineups where it makes less sense to play Andre Drummond. The fact that he is now one of the newest members of the Dallas Mavericks instead represents a big missed opportunity for Bulls management.