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Do you still have an NBA Draft hangover? Too bad – take a cold shower, chug some coffee, and get ready for free agency!

While this 2020 free agent class may not be stuffed with the most eye-popping talent, there are still plenty of interesting players that could be on the move. Not to mention, a handful of teams who are fighting to take a competitive leap. The Chicago Bulls are one of those teams hoping to be back in the playoffs mix sometime soon. However, unless it’s via a couple of crazy trades, it’s unlikely we see much roster movement over the course of this free-agent period.

The Bulls enter Friday’s 5:00 p.m. CT start with little cap space. New front office leaders Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley will have only the mid-level exception ($9.2 million) and biannual exception ($3.6 million) at their disposal. The team is also on the brink of 14 guaranteed roster spots thanks to drafting Patrick Williams and extending a qualifying offer to Denzel Valentine.

With that in mind, Karnisovas made it clear in his post-draft interview that the Bulls would have to approach free agency as rather picky.

You never know what craziness can ensure in the NBA, though (especially with a new front office in the mix!).

We’ll keep you updated on everything that happening around the league in this post, so keep checking back here for more info!


•   Update (5:04): Goran Dragic was the first to announce he will return to the Miami Heat next season. The 34-year-old had a bounceback season with the Heat in 2019-20, and he played a major role in their run to the NBA Finals. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, he earned himself a two-year, $37.4 million deal. THAT. MAN. GOT. PAID.

•   Meyers Leonard is also reportedly staying in Miami (I-L-L).

•   UPDATE (5:11): Arturas Karnisovas may have taken his overseas smarts to the Windy City, but that hasn’t stopped the Nuggets from targeting an Argentinean sensation.

•   UPDATE (5:25): Lakers go take the veteran wing away from the Bucks.

•   UPDATE (5:30): Very minimal playing experience for Eubanks over the past couple of seasons, but I guess the Spurs are high on him. Isn’t this free agency so exciting? 

•   UPDATE (5:40): Hornets didn’t extend Dwyane Bacon a qualifying offer. Now, he lands with the Magic.

•   UPDATE (5:45): Pistons sign a veteran center. Why? Good question. Considering they are the favorites to retain breakout big man Christian Wood, and already have Blake Griffin on the roster, this feels like a high price to pay for a likely backup. The excitement doesn’t stop here during the 2020 NBA free agency! 

•   UPDATE (6:07): LOL! WHAT ARE THE PISTONS DOING!?

•   UPDATE (6:14): Clippers keep their veteran forward on board. Isn’t this just so exciting? 

 

•   HEYOOO! Our first max contract extension of free agency! De’Aaron Fox is easily one of the league’s brightest young stars, and it makes all the sense in the world for the Kings to commit long-term to the point guard. Part of me wished that someday soon the Bulls could snag Fox and have the fasted backcourt in the country with Coby White by his side. Time to put that dream on hold.

•   UPDATE (6:26): Big money for the 28-year-old bucket-getter. Honestly, I’m surprised the Jazz gave him this big of a bag, but I guess they strongly believe in his sixth-man potential moving forward.

•   UPDATE (6:32): Free agent big man Derrick Favors is moving on from the Pelicans after just one season, and heading back to his former team, the Jazz, on a three-year, ~$30 million deal:

•   UPDATE (7:19): Josh Jackson has struggled to land on his feet ever since being drafted No. 4-overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2017 draft. He spent the bulk of last season playing in the G-League as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies organizations. Now, it looks like he’ll be back in the NBA full-time as he finalizes a deal with the Pistons.

•   UPDATE (7:34): Rodney Hood is heading back to the Trail Blazers:

•   UPDATE (7:32): And the 76ers are getting Dwight Howard

•   UPDATE (7:53): The T-Wolves gave Malik Beasley quite the bag.

•   UPDATE (8:03): Trey Burke signs with the Mavericks where he finished out his 2019-20 campaign. I thought he could be a potential target for the Bulls this offseason, but it looks like the competitive Mavs liked what they saw.

•   UPDATE (8:58): Knicks grab an expiring deal.

•   David Bertans – one of the top-ranked free agents – stays with the Washington Wizards and grabs a major paycheck. Several teams were said to be interested in Bertans this offseason, but I think it’s safe to say the Wiz threw by far the best offer on the table.

•   Joe Harris was another popular name in the market thanks to his elite perimeter shooting. Many thought he would be headed elsewhere, especially with the recent acquisition of Landy Shamet, but the Nets show they’re committed to him with a four-year deal.

•   The Pistons are not done yet. The team has a bulk of cap space, and while they’ve made some weird moves tonight, this one is actually a solid signing.

•   UPDATE (9:38): This happened earlier and it’s crazy. I’ll address more in the bullets tomorrow.

•   Former-Bulls target signs with Portland. But with the drafting of Patrick Williams, he probably fell off the Bulls radar. Good get for the Blazers.

•   Great deal for a rising star.

•   UPDATE 11/21 (11:42): I went to bed, which is never a good idea when it’s the first night of free agency. Plenty of more deals got done over the course of this morning, so let’s get caught up. First things first, the Denver Nuggets lost Jerami Grant to the Detroit Pistons (despite reportedly offering him the same amount of money), and they decided to fill that void with former Clippers forward JaMychal Green. Solid replacement.

•   Denzel Valentine officially accepted his qualifying offer from the Bulls. We talked more about that here. I kind of thought they might rescind the offer after signing Garrett Temple on Friday night but looks like Karnisovas is committed to giving the fourth-year player a chance.

•   Michael Carter-Williams resigns with the Magic. Remember when he was on the Bulls? Yeah … fun times (*he types with sarcasm oozing from his fingers*).

•   Lowkey really liked Mo Harkless as a possible Bulls addition this offseason, but the drafting of Patrick Williams made it pretty clear they wouldn’t add at that forward position in free agency. Good add for the defending Eastern Conference champions.

•   I waited to share any news on this trade last night because it got confusing as hell. I’m still not sure if it’s exactly set in stone, but the big takeaway is that the Pelicans are adding Steven Adams. With Bledsoe and Adams in New Orleans, they are looking better and better.

•   Kris Dunn signed with another young, up-and-coming squad. All things considered, he is the player the Hawks needed and the one the Bulls didn’t.

•   Strong payday for Melton.

•   The Milwaukee Bucks are adding the former Bulls big man. Could be a solid fit alongside Giannis thanks to his overall versatility.

•   The Bucks also grab another former-Bulls in D.J. Augustin. He is a strong veteran add who provides more quality shooting. I kind of hoped there could be a reunion in-store with the Bulls this offseason, but Augustin was probably looking for a longer commitment than the Bulls wanted to offer.

•   The top unrestricted free agent is off the board. Fred VanVleet (Illinois native!) got himself a big-time contract with his former team. There was a lot of buzz the NBA champion could head to New York or even Detroit, but Toronto certainly feels like the best choice.

 



Author: Elias Schuster

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