The whole point of the NBA free agency is to find the best fit in the wide pool of available players to improve the roster which is exactly what the Chicago Bulls have done.
In my opinion, they’ve done the best business in free agency so far despite falling under the radar to the Lakers who appear to be building a home for the elderly over there in LA.
DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls
The Bulls acquired DeMar DeRozan in a sign-and-trade with the Spurs on a three-year deal after already snapping up Lonzo Ball in a similar fashion for four years.
Sources: The San Antonio Spurs are finalizing sending DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls for Thad Young, a future first-round pick and two second-round picks.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 3, 2021
There was a lot of competition for DeRozan, a veteran, a multiple all-star guard, who’s versatile, and just what the Bulls needed to shore up the roster.
Bulls General Manager, Marc Eversley reportedly flew to Los Angeles to meet with DeRozan to convince him to choose Chicago, that’s how much they wanted him. It also helped that Eversley and DeRozan were already familiar with one another as he was the assistant General Manager of the Raptors when DeMar played in Toronto.
DeMar DeRozan brings much-needed experience to a predominantly young team, but don’t expect him to be just a paternal figure to Lonzo and Zach Lavine, he’s only 31 and can still play. He averaged 21 points, seven assists, and four rebounds per game in San Antonio last season, those numbers, added to what LaVine already does, could bring back the glory days to Chicago.
The Bulls starting five:
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— StatMuse (@statmuse) August 3, 2021
Add to that the fact that they now have Alex Caruso and Coby White coming off the bench now and if they somehow find a way to re-sign Lauri Markkanen, the Chicago Bulls could make a deep playoff run next season.