Earlier today, we learned about the Bulls potential interest in free-agent forward Julius Randle – a guy whose talent and upside is a more apparent fit than his actual position on the 2019-2020 Chicago Bulls. In any case, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Chicago, alongside the Knicks and Nets, are expected to pursue Randle when the time comes, and there are plenty of arguments to be made in favor of such a signing.
But that wasn’t the only rumor in that article. Later in the post Charania reported that another oft-rumored Bulls free agent target, point guard Cory Joseph, has already received interest from the Bulls, as well as the Suns, Wizards, and Kings. As Charania points out, Joseph “averaged 6.6 points and 3.9 assists per game last season,” making him a strong backup option for several, interested parties. Not to mention, Joseph has eight seasons and several years of playoff experience under his belt to bring to a roster.
And for the Bulls, that could make plenty of sense, right?
Having just drafted 19-year-old point guard Coby White with the No. 7 pick in the draft, a less expensive, less playing-time-needy point guard like Joseph could make a lot of sense compared to the alternatives.
Joseph and Dunn flip-flopping starting minutes for the Bulls during the beginning of the season would allow White to adjust to the NBA style of play. Joseph, specifically, has the chops to help facilitate this Bulls offense, being a productive ball distributor that can help LaVine and Markkanen carry the scoring load.
The only issue with obtaining Joseph this offseason will be prying him away from his other suitors. And that includes the Pacers potentially resigning him, as well, especially considering their projected $33.8 million in cap space available.
The team will likely be pursuing some higher tier options at point guard with Darren Collison and Joseph looking toward free agency, but if those options fall through and the Pacers turn back to Joseph, it’s hard to imagine him turning down the opportunity to be on a playoff team (which the Kings could also potentially offer).
Joseph has never been a traditional starter in this league, so it should be an easy adjustment for the Bulls to move him in and out of this lineup until the team feels comfortable with White as the everyday guy. He sure isn’t the flashy choice, but he checks a lot of boxes for what the Bulls are/arguably should be looking for as a veteran bridge piece to help this young core grow.
Oh, and Jim Boylen has coached him before.
FA note to consider: Jim Boylen coached Darren Collison for a year in Indiana (2011) and Cory Joseph in San Antonio (2013-2015).
— Mark Strotman (@markstrot) June 26, 2019
Michael Cerami contributed to this post.