The Bulls have something cooking.
Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. create one of the better young frontcourts in the game today. That's why it was a bit of a head scratcher that the team went out and signed Thaddeus Young of all people this summer. I'm not totally sure where minutes for all three of them will come from, but the Bulls won't be in title contention this year, so why not give the young guys some run? We’ll see how it all shakes out, but Young would have been much better suited joining a team that was closer to competing, especially if he will be coming off the bench. Also, if the Bulls were intent on bringing in a big man, they would have been better off saving money and bringing back Robin Lopez.
Bringing Tomas Satoransky in via sign-and-trade with DC gives Chicago a quality backup point guard. Satoransky played well while filling in for the injured John Wall, and he should get plenty of run with the Bulls.
Other than that, the signings of Luke Kornet and Shaquille Harrison were purely depth signings.
In the draft, the Bulls took North Carolina guard Coby White at number 7 as the team finally admitted defeat on Kris Dunn being the point guard of the future. White at number 7 is a bit of a reach depending on who you talk to, but he absolutely dominated in the Summer League and he has looked good so far during training camp. He gives the Bulls a solid ball handler to play with Zach Lavine, who is generally better at playing without the ball.
At 38, Chicago selected Arkansas center Daniel Gafford. He was a solid offensive player in college, averaging just over 16 PPG while pulling in 8 rebounds per contest. I imagine he starts out in the G league.
Offseason Grade: B- | Predicted Eastern Conference Ranking: 11
Honestly, it was a pretty boring offseason for the Bulls. They were not players for any big name free agents, and there was no real path to a deal that would have put them in the top tier of the Eastern Conference.
The best move now is to let the young talent develop for another year, which it appears the Bulls are willing to do. If Coby White pans out, Chicago will have a solid young backcourt to pair with the strong young frontcourt they already have, and it may be time to start taking them seriously. For now, it's hard to see them sniffing a playoff spot.
Graduate of Loyola Maryland and die hard Boston sports fan. "I rub it in pretty good when I win" - Tom Brady