Rumor: Upgrading at point guard will be point of emphasis for Bulls this offseason
The Chicago Bulls’ season hasn’t been filled with a lot of positives. With a 14-44 record, they sit in 13th place in the Eastern Conference with the fourth-worst record in the NBA. As expected, things need to change if they want to win in future seasons.
According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, something they plan on doing is upgrading at point guard.
Kris Dunn had been viewed as the Bulls’ point guard of the future, but he hasn’t progressed the way they wanted, so an upgrade could very well be in the cards. Chicago could also simply look to bring in a veteran to help push Dunn, even if he remains the starter. Ryan Arcidiacono and Shaquille Harrison are the current backups at the position, and neither are poised to take on a massive role for a winning team at the moment.
The Bulls do have pieces to build around. Zach LaVine and Otto Porter Jr. are both strong scoring options, while Wendell Carter Jr. could be a terrific anchor in the middle. Finally, there’s Lauri Markkanen, who has looked phenomenal in recent weeks (18.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season) and is just 21.
With all that around them, the two biggest needs are an elite ball distributor and depth. Adding a veteran point guard could bring both of those in one move.
They could also use some veteran leadership, especially when considering the oldest of the four players mentioned above (five if you count Dunn) is Porter, who’s just 25.
The Chicago Bulls aren’t one point guard upgrade away from being a contender, though. Unless you’re adding a superstar, no one is going to change the game that much that a team 30 games under .500 would be a true threat.
That being said, it wouldn’t hurt to upgrade at the position to help speed along the rebuilding process.