Scottie Pippen claims Bulls need to build through draft since team isn’t ‘a destination for free agents’
Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen believes the Windy City franchise is only going to be good again if the front office makes the right moves in the draft.
Pippen, the second-best player in Bulls franchise history behind only Michael Jordan, says Chicago isn’t a team big-time free agents want to sign with.
With that said, the six-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer sees building through the draft as the only way the Bulls will become a relevant and winning team again.
“I believe that you have to do well through the draft,” Scottie Pippen said during an appearance on CBS Sports’ Tiki & Tierney on Tuesday.
“I think that the Bulls’ success in the past came through the draft with myself, Michael, Horace Grant. We were the original champions of that city, and most of us came through the draft. I just think they’re going to have to be able to find the right talent through the draft. It doesn’t look like Chicago is a destination for free agents. It’s never been the way that they’ve been built, so I don’t expect that to happen. But I expect them to somehow be able to get something through the draft in the future and be able to maintain those players to get back to a competitive level.”
The Bulls have been a walking disaster since trading Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night back in 2017. Chicago will be able to draft a talented youngster in the 2020 NBA Draft since the club finished the 2019-20 season with one of the worst records in the league before games were suspended in March.
Since the Jordan-Pippen era ended, the Bulls have only been to the Eastern Conference Finals once. That was back in 2011 when Derrick Rose led Chicago to the best record in the NBA and won the MVP Award at 22-years-old.