That was fun. Who’s ready for free agency?
With the NBA draft concluding Wednesday night, the breakneck pace of an unprecedented offseason continues with free agency negotiations allowed as of Friday -- wink, wink -- and signings beginning Sunday.
Of course, backroom feelers and discussions have been taking place for weeks. But as a franchise that projects to operate as an over-the-cap team, Artūras Karnišovas made the Bulls’ philosophy clear.
“We’re going to be really picky in free agency,” he said.
Point guard remains a likely target. The Bulls own the mid-level exception of $9.3 million, which can be used in part, and the bi-annual exception of $3.6 million. With the eventual signing of first-round pick Patrick Williams and the hopeful retention of restricted free agent Denzel Valentine, the Bulls own 14 guaranteed contracts.
“We’re going to sit down (Thursday), spend some time talking about free agency,” Karnišovas said. “We will address all the questions about the roster and free agents.”
Karnišovas confirmed that an emphasis on shooting is what drove the decisions to tender Valentine his qualifying offer and let Kris Dunn and Shaquille Harrison walk for nothing to become unrestricted free agents.
“We were addressing free agency and looking at the things that we need to add -- shooting,” he said. “And those decisions were there.”
More decisions await. And soon.