This offseason has featured a few more moves than fans would have anticipated for their Chicago Bulls.
This summer, Chicago Bulls fans were ready for, well, not a whole lot. As fans, we can’t trust John Paxson and Gar Forman further than we can throw them — forget it, further than we can shove them. But, give them credit, they have done some things right.
Although there have been some questionable moves made — or not made — over the course of the last month, Paxson and Forman have done some good.
Drafting Wendell Carter Jr. at no. 7 overall in this year’s NBA Draft was a huge victory for the Bulls. Retaining Zach LaVine was another big-time win, regardless of how you feel about the details of the contract.
Obviously, bringing in Jabari Parker on a 2-year, $40 million deal was a huge risk. That’s a hefty amount of money for a guy who has struggled to stay healthy. Aside from Parker, letting restricted free agent David Nwaba walk was another head-scratcher.
The Bulls could have stood pat this summer and waited until 2019 to spend some cash, but the fact is, they have set themselves up for a decent free agency period next summer if they so choose. Parker’s deal is essentially a one-year prove-it deal, and the Bulls also have some salary coming off the books next year.
With all of the moves made, the Bulls have created some clear-cut winners of the summer. Through the draft, free agency and Summer League, let’s take a look at five of the biggest winners thus far.