Nailing the Draft Is Nice, But You Have to be a Player in NBA Free Agency Too and Other Bulls Bullets

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Nailing the Draft Is Nice, But You Have to be a Player in NBA Free Agency Too and Other Bulls Bullets

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•   I’ve seen some folks say we should cheer for Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat during the upcoming playoffs. Not only does rooting for the Heat feel … off, but I’m still confused about the exact relationship Bulls fans should have with Jimmy G. Buckets. Is he an acquaintance? A long-time friend? The one who got away? Butler was never able to resonate with the community quite like Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, or Luol Deng, which makes it hard for me to decide my feelings for him now. Don’t get me wrong, I still respect his game and by no means consider him an enemy. I just wouldn’t consider myself at a point where I’m invested in whether he wins a ring. Is that wrong?

•   Again, I have nothing against the guy. The Bulls were the ones to break things off, and he had some awesome moments in a Bulls uniform. In many ways – especially in hindsight – I certainly wish the Bulls tried to build around him. However, I’ve moved on. Butler is on to bigger and better things. We’re high school lovers who bump into each other on the street. We used to be so close, but times change. We reflect on good times, we wish each other the best, and we move on. That’s that.

•   Scottie Pippen knows the Bulls have been trash. In an interview with CBS Sports’ Tiki & Tierney, Pippen said the Bulls will have to use the draft to dig themselves out of a hole: “I think that the Bulls’ success in the past came through the draft with myself, Michael, Horace Grant. We were the original champions of that city, and most of us came through the draft. I just think they’re going to have to be able to find the right talent through the draft. It doesn’t look like Chicago is a destination for free agents. It’s never been the way that they’ve been built, so I don’t expect that to happen. But I expect them to somehow be able to get something through the draft in the future and be able to maintain those players to get back to a competitive level.”

•   This is exactly what the Bulls have tried to do over the past three seasons … and little has changed in the win-loss column. In today’s NBA, free agency is a bigger deal than ever. Player mobility is pretty much at an all-time high, and if a franchise wants to become a consistent competitor, they must have enough strength to reel in the big fish. I can’t disagree with the fact that it all starts with quality drafting, but the Bulls need to become players in the free-agent market. Such a historic franchise in the third-biggest sports market in the country should be able to sign some big names, and this is certainly part of the reason Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley (two well-connected executives) were hired to lead this team.

•   Meanwhile, Pippen also spoke recently about his relationship with Michael Jordan after The Last Dance.

•   The Bulls had the fourth-lowest block total in the NBA this season … but at least the balls they did swat looked pretty good!

•   I’m pretty sure Coby White has locked himself in a garage for the entire offseason to hoop and get yolked.

•   You know how I feel about him.

•   Big news with the NBA officially scheduled to restart tomorrow!

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.