It's that time of the year when teams are attached to free-agent names, and the Bulls have linked to their first one of the summer.
The Stadium's Shams Charania reported Tuesday that the Bulls are expected to show interest in Celtics forward Marcus Morris when free agency begins later this month.
Morris will turn 30 years old this summer and just completed his ninth NBA season, averaging 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 75 games for the Celtics. Morris was solid in the postseason, averaging 13.7 points on 52% shooting and 8.1 rebounds in 28.3 minutes.
He'll be highly sought after in free agency - Charania lists the Knicks, Kings, Clippers and Lakers as other teams interested - after a career year in Boston. The Bulls have needs just about everywhere after a 22-win campaign, and a veteran power forward is right behind point guard at the top of the list. Morris brings a bit of an edge to his game and could act as a solid locker-room presence and a mentor for a young Bulls frontcourt that includes 22-year-old Lauri Markkanen and 20-year-old Wendell Carter Jr.
The frontcourt will look decidely different next season than it did at the start of last season, when the depth chart included Robin Lopez, Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis. Morris may be pushing for a starting role after his promising campaign in 2019, and he may not want to join a rebuild after two straight successful playoff seasons in Boston, but there's certainly a need and fit in Chicago.