The Bulls may have just received a nice little boost to their chances of landing point guard Patrick Beverley in free agency. The contingent of Bulls fans that want the front office to put the full-court press on in their efforts to land the Chicago-native received some positive feedback on Friday, when Beverley retweeted a video of a Bulls fan letting him know how much support he has to come play for his hometown team.
As you can see below, Beverley was very pleased with the support from Bulls fans.
If he is truly interested in coming to Chicago, he will have quite a bit to mull over as free agency kicks off at it’s new, earlier date of 5 p.m. CT on June 29.
The Doc Rivers-led Clippers were an incredibly overachieving team, taking the the Golden State Warriors (with Kevin Durant) six games. But that feisty roster that snuck up on everyone after they traded away leading-scorer Tobias Harris will look much different next season, as the Clippers have lofty goals. With Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler,Kemba Walker, and Kyrie Irving all free agents, it is possible Los Angeles could find themselves needing to let Beverley go if they go all-in on building an outright superteam.
But in the more likely scenario where the Clippers re-sign Beverley, it is still possible he would be walking into a role where he ends up being the backup. Chicago would represent an opportunity for Beverley to be the clear-cut day one starter. On top of that, his game meshes seamlessly with the skills of Bulls core piece Zach LaVine. Beverley’s best year as a 3-point shooter—40 percent on 310 3PT attempts—came playing next to a high-usage scorer in James Harden back in 2016, providing somewhat of blueprint for what a LaVine-Beverley backcourt pairing could look like.
With what we know about Jim Boylen and the members of his current coaching staff, Beverley would no doubt be a perfect fit for what the Bulls are trying to accomplish moving forward, and Bulls Nation seems very inclined to agree.
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The Bulls' defense just got a whole lot better.
Just a few hours after signing free agent center Luke Kornet, the Bulls have brought back guard Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal.
Harrison's non-guaranteed deal had been waived earlier in the month to make room for Thaddeus Young's three-year, $41 million deal.
It's not an Earth-shattering move that will shift any championship odds in Vegas, but Harrison's return gives the Bulls an outstanding defender and a 25-year-old who spread his wings offensively toward the end of last season.
Harrison's defensive worth really can't be understated. He was statistically one of the best defensive guards in the NBA last season.
His offense is another story. He doesn't exactly have ball-handling capability and his shooting splits - .432/.270/.667 - were nothing to write home about. He averaged 6.5 points in 19.6 minutes.
But he also took on an increased role late in the season with the Bulls "resting" their top-tier players. Over the final 10 games of the season, averaging 30.8 minutes a night, Harrison averaged 12.8 points on 45.8% shooting, 35.3% from deep and even managed 2.2 assists.
He'll slot in somewhere behind Zach LaVine on the second unit, with he, Denzel Valentine, Coby White and Kris Dunn (for now) battling for minutes in the backcourt.
Additional moves could be coming for the Bulls, who could still easily waive Antonio Blakeney's contract or deal Dunn to get the Bulls to 15 contracts. Kornet and Harrison would give the Bulls 16 contracts.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Mark Strotman, and Matt Peck discuss NBA Summer League and Bulls odds to make the postseason.
0:45 Impressions of Bulls at Summer League and not overreacting
2:00 On concern over Coby White’s 3-point shooting
3:25 On the positive signs from White in Vegas
4:40 On the pushback that Ricky O’Donnell got from suggesting Arci may be ahead of White in the rotation
7:30 Did the Bulls have an underrated offseason?
9:45 How the biggest concern and reason for optimism is health
12:00 Why a deeper roster puts more pressure on Jim Boylen and his staff
16:10 Any chance of John Sabine trying out for the Windy City Bulls?
17:05 Our favorites in the wide open Western Conference and can the Lakers make it work?
21:55 Can the Bucks put it together and win the East next season?
25:10 Darkhorse team in either conference?
28:05 Is it too much to expect the Bulls to make the playoffs?
Bulls Talk Podcast