The Viability of LaVine *and* White, Pushing Back the Draft, Ingram Wants a Max Contract, and Other Bulls Bullets

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The Viability of LaVine *and* White, Pushing Back the Draft, Ingram Wants a Max Contract, and Other Bulls Bullets

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I swear, this season better actually play out in some form or another, because Joakim Noah signed that contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and NEEDS to play.

  • I miss Bulls basketball. Okay, to put it more accurately, I miss Zach LaVine and Coby White. These two players made watching the Bulls worth at least some of our precious time. Both offered up incredibly interesting storylines for the future as well as several memorable individual performances. Combine their individual seasons, and there’s at least some reason for optimism as the Bulls look ahead to the future.
  • Of course, due to Jim Boylen’s reluctancy to start White, we didn’t get to see these two on the floor together as much as we’d like (746 minutes total minutes). However, the duo displayed their fair share of positive signs while sharing the court. The Athletic’s Stephen Noh broke down what a potential LaVine-White backcourt will look like for the Bulls, and for anyone asking themselves the same question (aka most Bulls fans), it’s worth a read.
  • In my mind, there’s never been a reason to believe White and LaVine couldn’t coexist. Several of the league’s most successful teams are led by two scoring guards or – generally speaking – two offensive alphas. At their core, both players are natural scorers, but that doesn’t mean they can’t work well together. Not to mention, I wouldn’t necessarily label either as a “selfish” player. White – who’s traditionally played point guard – has always willing to make the right play at the right time (whether he notices that play or not is a work in progress). Meanwhile, this season, LaVine has shown a willingness to defer when he has another shooter or trustworthy offensive weapon on the court. Most importantly, both have spoken rather highly of playing alongside one another, and the drive to make it work is certainly there.
  • Again for a more analytical breakdown of how the two play alongside each other, make sure to read Noh’s post. All in all, the fit should work, but it hinges heavily on whom exactly is leading this team in the future. If the Bulls want to make this duo work, they need to find a head coach who’s willing to build a system around them. An offense-first mind – who can find a way to supplement their collective shortcomings (facilitation, playmaking) – is a vital step in getting this right. All of which is why the team must use this extended absence to better define its future. The organization as a whole has little flexibility in the coming offseason (not to mention, the whole cap space situation is going to be wonky, more on that later), so focusing on how to build with the here and now is really all they can do. The first step in that is cleaning out the front office and thus finding a new head coach that can get the most out of their current players – something Boylen has failed to do time and time again.
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  • I would say this is a must.

  • Everything about the 2020 NBA Draft is going to be weird this season. Teams are going to be extremely limited when it comes to evaluating players, and while pushing it back may not fix everything, it could certainly help straighten-up an already shaky draft class.
  • The NBA offseason is also in store for a load of weirdness. Although, one thing that seems to be for certain, the New Orleans Pelicans are planning to bring back Brandon Ingram by whatever means necessary. In an alternate reality out there, the Bulls could be in a position to make a run at him.

  • FUN READ ALERT

  • Jordan only had one game in his NBA career where he scored under 10 points … yeesh.
  • SO MANY GOOD PUPS!



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.