The Chicago Bulls have definitely seen better days in the NBA, and it seems they are still a few years away from getting back to the playoffs. As a franchise, they had several big moves from the management perspective, hiring Marc Eversley as the team’s GM. On top of that, after multiple years, Gar Forman stepped down from his role, and the Bulls decided to allow Arturas Karnisovas to be their Executive Vice Present of Basketball Operations.
It was expected the Bulls were supposed to make a more significant impact this season, since their roster is not bad at all, with several young and talented players. The Bulls always had a tendency to draft well, and according to Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, that is the only way the team can get back to playoffs. Suprinsgly enough, Pippen doesn’t believe prominent free agents look at Chicago as a favorable destination, and it’s been like that for quite some time now.
When you look back at the Chicago Bulls strategy ever since the Bulls first three-peat in the 90’s the main backbone of every single of their championship-caliber teams were the players that they drafted.
“I believe that you have to do well through the draft. “I think that the Bulls’ success in the past came through the draft with myself, Michael, Horace Grant. We were the original champions of that city, and most of us came through the draft. I just think they’re going to have to be able to find the right talent through the draft. It doesn’t look like Chicago is a destination for free agents. It’s never been the way that they’ve been built, so I don’t expect that to happen. But I expect them to somehow be able to get something through the draft in the future and be able to maintain those players to get back to a competitive level.”Scottie Pippen, via Tiki and Tierney
The Bulls have a great core of young players like Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White, and Otto Porter. If the Bulls want to become a legitimate playoff team, they definitely need to bring an experienced All-Star player and make him buy into the idea. On top of that, groups with experienced veteran players usually have a good culture. Younger players need guidance, especially when their lack of experience playing in meaningful games in a playoff series.
“It doesn’t look like Chicago is a destination for free agents….”@ScottiePippen says the Bulls need to build through the draft because top Free Agents aren’t going to Chicago!
— TikiAndTierney (@TikiAndTierney) July 28, 2020
It will be interesting to see what moves the Bulls can pull off in the upcoming draft and whether they will try to pursue prominent all-star players. They will have enough cap space and assets to make meaningful trades, but all of that will depend solely on the management decision on how fast they want to make that push as a team. Last time the Bulls were in the playoffs was in 2017 when they lost 4-2 in the first round against the Boston Celtics.