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Bulls eyeing Goran Dragic, Derrick Jones Jr., Heat front office, organizational structure


The Chicago Bulls are reportedly eyeing Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. from the Miami Heat, as both players become unrestricted free agents whenever the 2020 offseason begins, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Bulls are also interested in the Heat’s front office personnel like vice president of basketball operations Adam Simon:

The report mentioned Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas and Toronto GM Bobby Webster as two candidates to be interviewed, but a source told the Sun-Times on Friday that a lot of Reinsdorf’s focus has also been on Miami – not only in their front office personnel like vice president of basketball operations Adam Simon, but also mimicking the structure, as well as scouting several of their players that will enter free agency.

The Bulls have been putting both point guard Goran Dragic and small forward Derrick Jones Jr. under the microscope the last month, and are hoping the new hire – or hires – will be aggressive on the trade front to move a tight cap corner that they have painted themselves into.

If the Bulls are trying to turn into the Heat, that’s a good thing.

Chicago has a lot of work to do if it wants to reach the playoffs again. Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf must hire the right guy to be his new general manager. Constructing a playoff-caliber roster is the first thing the Bulls need to do to become a winner again.

For that to happen, they need the right man as the architect.

Dragic averaged 16.1 points for the Heat before the 2019-20 season was suspended. He’ll turn 34 in May.

The Bulls started Tomáš Satoranský this season at the point guard spot, with Kris Dunn and Coby White next on the depth chart. Chicago has been searching for a stable point guard since the Derrick Rose trade.

Jones Jr., meanwhile, put up 8.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists for Miami. He can flat out jump out of the gym, but overall his offensive skills are pretty raw.