Full disclosure, I’m writing this with a Budweiser in one hand and my phone in the other hand at a baseball game right now, so let’s keep this short and sweet.
According to Matt Moore of Action Network, the Bulls are expected to drop plenty of money on the point guard position this season, and several big names are on their radar. Thus, this should be on yours:
The Bulls are expected to be big spenders in the free-agency market, particularly at guard.
They have $24 million in non-guaranteed salary between Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky, a $3 million team option on Ryan Arcidiacono, and much of the roster are restricted free agents.
Four names are tied to Chicago: Kyle Lowry, Dennis Schröder, Lonzo Ball, and Spencer Dinwiddie. Chicago wants a playmaking point guard next to Zach LaVine. The Bulls had extensive talks with New Orleans about a Ball trade at the deadline but weren’t able to reach a deal.
Ball, Schroder, and Dinwiddie are all names we have seen associated with the Bulls before. But the addition of Lowry is a rather surprising revelation. Moore goes on to state Lowry would be the hardest get of the four thanks to possible contenders showing interest, but the fact the Bulls might at all be involved really demonstrates how hungry they are to compete.
Not to mention, Lowry would come with easily the biggest price tag, so even a willingness to consider him emphasizes how much the team is ready to spend. Could this insinuate that the team is ready to open as much cap space as possible by trying to move on from guys like Tomas Satoransky and Thaddeus Young? If so, would that mean they are also ready to use that cap space to figure out LaVine’s extension?
We’ll talk much more about this in tomorrow’s Bullets and later this week. Also, it will not be long before we find out exactly what the front office’s plan is, as free agency negotiations are set to open up in just over two weeks on August 2nd.