High-upside fliers the Bulls could consider in free agency
Quinn Cook, 26 years old
2018-19 stats: 6.9 points, 2.1 rebounds 1.6 assists, 46.5% FG, 40.5% 3FG
Cook may wind up staying in Golden State if the Warriors depart with Shaun Livingston. If he hits the market, however, he's a reliable shoot-first point guard who appeared in 74 games for the Warriors and who had a couple big moments in the NBA Finals. He would fun to watch in a larger role on the second unit - he averaged just 14.3 minutes for the Warriors last season, in large part because of their depth.
Cheick Diallo, 22
2018-19 stats: 6.0 points, 62.0% FG, 5.2 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks
Diallo benefited from the Anthony Davis saga in the second half of the season. From Feb. 2 to the end of the year, Diallo averaged 8.6 points on 64.8% shooting and 7.2 rebounds. It included some monster lines, like his 16-point, 18-rebound night against the Pacers and his 18-point (on 8-for-8 shooting), 10-rebound night against the Lakers. He's oozing with potential and could be a fun project for assistant Roy Rogers.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 24
2018-19 stats: 8.9 points, 41.1% FG, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had an early-season injury and never found his way back into the full-time rotation for the Nets. But consider that two years ago he averaged 13.9 points on 47.2% shooting, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He's an excellent defender and versatile on both ends of the floor. The Bulls would have to hope that he plays closer to his 2018 self than his 2019 version, but it's probably a gamble worth taking if the price is right.
Mario Hezonja, 24
2018-19 stats: 8.8 points, 41.2% FG, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals
Mario Hezonja may never put it all together, but you'd hate to have passed on him if he ever does. He still has plenty of potential and has shown flashes of greatness as a multiple-level scorer and elite athlete. He averaged 16.0 points on 47.2% shooting, 6.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists over the final nine games of the regular season. Maybe that carries over into next year.
Rodney Hood, 26
2018-19 stats: 11.2 points, 35.6% 3FG, 1.2 3-pointers, 0.8 steals
Rodney Hood isn't so much a flier - he's a proven veteran - but it still feels like there's untapped potential there. His regular season numbers were down from a year ago but he was also a different player in the postseason, specifically the Denver series in which he averaged 14.7 points on 57.6% shooting and 50% shooting from deep. One of these days he's going to put it all together over the course of a year. He may be expensive because of his postseason run, but he might end up being worth it.
Justin Anderson, 25
2018-19 stats: 3.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, 40.8% FG
This one is admittedly a lower-ceiling flier, but Anderson feels like someone who's a much better player than his numbers would say. Even if he could bump his 3-point shooting up to 35% and add a few more counting stats he could be a serviceable rotation player. He'd be a cheap option at the end of the bench who might be worth looking at.
Danuel House, 26
2018-19 stats: 9.4 points, 46.8% FG, 41.6% 3FG, 3.6 rebounds
House was a revelation for the Rockets last season, playing an important role as a wing defender and 3-point specialist. He played both roles very well, and if the Rockets are serious about trading for Jimmy Butler then a player like House (a restricted free agent) could be had this summer. He'd give the Bulls something they really don't have, and he's capable of playing late in games in that 3-and-D role.