Backup bigs the Bulls could consider in free agency
Taj Gibson, 34
2018-19 stats: 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 56.6% FG, 0.6 blocks
This would be about more than just nostalgia. Gibson has been pretty good in two seasons with the Timberwolves, averaging a modest 11.5 points on 57.2% shooting alongside Karl-Anthony Towns. He'd give the Bulls a veteran presence but also important frontcourt depth. Gibson can play both power forward and center and even showed a little range this past season, making 11 3-pointers. That equaled his total in his nine previous seasons combined.
Kenneth Faried, 29
2018-19 stats: 10.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 58.9% FG, 0.6 blocks
Faried had a resurgent finishing stretch after joining the Rockets, averaging 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds in 25 games. He's certainly better in an up-tempo offense where he can run the floor - he doesn't create much on his own - and he's no longer the Manimal on defense, but this would still be a nice option behind Markkanen and Carter. He's pretty versatile as far as fit goes.
Markieff Morris, 29
2018-19 stats: 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 3-pointers
Injuries hampered Morris' 2019 season and he was never really able to get going. He's just 29 years old and is two seasons removed from a really nice campaign for the Wizards in which he averaged 14.0 points on 46% shooting. There's a chance he could look for a short-term, prove-it deal to improve his stock after a pair of quiet seasons. He'd give the Bulls some nice versatility on the second unit that was lost in the Bobby Portis/Jabari Parker trade.
Nikola Mirotic, 28
2018-19 stats: 15.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 36.5% 3FG
For real. Mirotic didn't have a great postseason in Milwaukee but still finished with really nice numbers for a second consecutive season. Bobby Portis is gone, so it's hard to imagine Mirotic would have any issue returning to the Bulls. He makes sense on a host of levels as a perimeter threat, a second unit scoring option and depth behind Markkanen. The Bulls could do worse than bringing back Mirotic this summer.
JaMychal Green, 29
2018-19 stats: 9.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 48.3% FG, 40.3% 3FG
Green quietly put together a really nice season after joining the Clippers and turned some heads in the postseason against the Warriors, including a pair of 15-point performances. He's only 29 so there's some belief that his arrow is trending up. He'd be a low-rish, high-reward option for the Bulls later in free agency.
Marcus Morris, 29
2018-19 stats: 13.9 points 44.7% FG, 6.1 rebounds, 37.5% 3FG
Morris would qualify as a best-case scenario for the Bulls. He's coming off a career year in Boston and really played well in the postseason, so there's a real possibility he's back with the Celtics next season. But maybe he likes what he sees in the Bulls' young core and would be willing to serve in a mentor role while also playing as a sixth man. It's a long shot, but this would be a nice grab for GarPax. It was reported earlier in the offseason that the Bulls would have interest in Morris when free agency began.
Anthony Tolliver, 34
2018-19 stats: 5.0 points, 1.2 3-pointers, 37.7% 3FG
This wouldn't exactly be the best possible scenario, but Tolliver is a reliable spot-up shooter, a good locker room presence (he's played for nine NBA teams) and would obviously come cheap. If the Bulls wind up spending big on a point guard and/or shoting, Tolliver could be a cheap option to play behind Markkanen and Carter.