The Chicago Bulls were eliminated in the first round this year. They had a promising start during the regular season but slipped down the standings as injuries took a toll on their team, ending as the 6th seed in the league.
There is no doubt that one of the areas of concern for the team is their defense, and their deficiencies on that end of the ball were glaring without Lonzo Ball. It looks as though the Chicago Bulls will be attempting to remedy that in the offseason.
A recent report by Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer has suggested that the Chicago Bulls are interested in acquiring a center this offseason. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Mitchell Robinson of the New York Knicks were listed as players that the Bulls had an interest in:
Or maybe the next domino will be Gobert. But the three-time Defensive Player of the Year will make an average of $42.4 million over the next four seasons, and despite his accolades he has plenty of skeptics around the league who view him as an expensive offensive liability. The argument executives often have made is that committing so much money to a defender who lacks creation skills is limiting from a team-building perspective. Gobert gets paid like a megastar but no matter how great he is on defense, he can never match the impact of other stars despite being paid around the same.
Sources have also indicated the Bulls are a team with interest in Gobert (and other centers on the market, including Knicks free agent Mitchell Robinson).
There is no doubt that both players could potentially provide some athleticism and defense at the center position. Nikola Vucevic had a subpar year offensively, and he wasn't ever a good defender even at his peak. Perhaps a different player at the center position could help make the roster as a whole better, even if Nikola Vucevic is still a solid contributor at the position despite his struggles.
We'll see if the Chicago Bulls do end up trading for either player. If they target Rudy Gobert, they'll certainly have competition in acquiring him, as Rudy Gobert was previously linked to the Toronto Raptors. Hopefully, the Chicago Bulls are able to improve ahead of next season, and we'll see what moves they make in the near future.