The Chicago Bulls were one of the most aggressive teams in the offseason. Arturas Karnisovas didn't hesitate to make big moves, even if that meant spending a lot of money.
The Bulls added Alex Caruso, signed Lonzo Ball, and pulled off a big sign-and-trade for DeMar DeRozan, improving a roster that already featured Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine.
But, even though that seems like a formula for a playoff team in the Eastern Conference, Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal isn't exactly convinced of their chances to win a ring:
(Transcript via Complex)
C: Does the Bulls’ roster make sense to you? We’re talking about Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and they have Nikola Vucevic from the trade deadline last March. The jury’s kind of hung on whether that’s a roster that’s playoff-caliber in the Eastern Conference or destined to be an 11th seed.
Shaq: "They’re going to try and do the Golden State thing. Four smalls, try to spread it out, shoot, run, Zach LaVine shoot threes, Lonzo get everyone involved so it’s going to be an experiment. So hopefully the experiment does pretty good, but you ain’t going to win a championship with that team."
Well, that's not much of a hot take there. The Bulls will be a much-improved team next season, that's for sure, but it's clear that they're not ready to compete for an NBA Championship right away.
If anything, the Bulls are just trying to develop a winning culture. They're trying to put back the Gar/Pax tenure and prove to free agents that they're ready to put their recent struggles behind.
Also, by adding some stars they're proving to Zach LaVine that they want to compete and not continue to rebuild, so even if they're not championship-bound yet, they were still one of the winners of the offseason.