We’re getting much closer to the NBA offseason and many franchises such as the Chicago Bulls are preparing to take some risks to help benefit the franchise for the future.
The Bulls are struggling at the moment without a solid starting point guard, they currently have Kris Dunn who they acquired from the Timberwolves during the Jimmy Butler deal. Although the franchise viewed him as someone who could be a long-term asset, his performances this season have been very inconsistent which means they’ll struggle to return to contention without making some changes.
According to Jason Patt of Forbes, a potential option is the number two overall pick D’Angelo Russell who managed to perform extremely well in the 2018-19 season. Russell was one of the key reasons for the Brooklyn Nets earning a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, ending a three-year drought.
Russell averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 assists, and 1.2 steals on 43.4 percent shooting from the field and 36.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc, this all helped him become named as an All-Star for the first time in his career. This is the type of player that the Chicago Bulls need and could use to turn their team into an actual contender.
This may be a possibility as the Nets are currently more focused on securing some big named stars in the off-season such as Celtics guard Kyrie Irving and two-time Finals MVP, Kevin Durant.
Patt mentioned that D’Angelo Russell is a “clear upgrade” over the Bulls’ current starting point guard and that he could form a very strong partnership with Zach LaVine in Chicago.
“A Russell-LaVine backcourt would be dynamic offensively, with both players able to play on and off the ball effectively. They would be able to score in bunches and rain fire from long distance. Russell is already a terrific playmaker, while LaVine is getting better in that area. Having a pair of shooters and playmakers together in the backcourt would make the Bulls’ offense dangerous, especially when rounding out the lineup with Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr.”
This would be a great start in helping the Chicago Bulls rise up the ranks of the Eastern Conference, if they are truly interested in signing him, the franchise will need to think about offering him a maximum contract in the 2019 NBA free agency.