The NBA has entered a slow phase as the Summer League has come to an end and the free hand has declined sharply. The teams will now focus on preparing for the training camp and the upcoming season.
For the Chicago Bulls, the team’s focus will be on getting healthy for the start of the season. Last season, the team was swamped with injuries after a strong 27-13 start to the season.
Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and Zach LaVine all missed time with injuries as the team stumbled to a 46-36 record and sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Caruso and LaVine are healthy now, but the status of Ball’s knee is still in question.
Recently, the Bulls have said Ball is making progress, but not as fast as they would like. Only time will tell if Ball will be ready for the start of the season.
Now that the free hand has slowed, it’s time to take a look back at how teams fared during the offseason. For the Win’s Bryan Kalbrosky wrote a new article Tuesday evaluating each team’s offseason.
Kalbrosky wasn’t impressed with the Bulls’ performance as he gave the team a D+ for their performance.
Kalbrosky is clearly not a fan of what the Bulls have been up to this offseason. It’s fair to point out that Chicago hasn’t met some of their needs this offseason.
The Bulls didn’t add rim protection and three-point shooting. While Drummond and Dragic are capable veterans who could help the team, neither of them will do much to fill those needs.
For now, it seems that the bulls are done with the free hand, but the team could still potentially close a trade if an opportunity presents itself. Chicago scouted a trade for Coby White earlier in the offseason but didn’t get an offer they like. So if they get a good offer, a switch is possible.
While Ball’s injury status will certainly be tremendous for the Bulls this season, his health isn’t the only thing the team needs. Chicago will need some of their younger players to step into bigger roles to help the team improve.
The development of players like Patrick Williams and Ayo Dosunmu will be crucial to the Bulls’ improvement this season. Even if the Bulls could get contributions from sophomore rookie Dalen Terry and Marko Simonivic, it would also strengthen the roster.
The Bulls took a huge step forward last season when they made it back to the playoffs. If the team wants to continue that success, they need some of their young players to get promoted.