Arturas Karnisovas Might Be Open to Mid-Season Trades, But He’s Already in Love with This Bulls Team

As the Chicago Bulls have cruised to a first-place standing in the Eastern Conference behind miraculous buzzer-beaters and highlight dunks, Arturas Karnisovas has kept his mouth shut.

To be sure, Bulls fans have come to expect nothing less from the tight-lipped executive vice president of basketball operations. He’s a man of few words who speaks like a robot programmed to hedge his bets. And this was on full display Thursday morning when speaking on 670 The Score’s Mully & Haugh show.

With the February deadline looming, the man who orchestrated one of NBA’s best stories this season was asked whether he plans to keep writing.

“I like this group. I like this group a lot,” Karnisovas said. “Like I said, we’re competing right now this season. It’s a new group, right? Teams that are close by, like Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Philly, they have their group for two or more years at least, and we’ve had this group for three months. We’re still learning, we’re still adjusting. I like this group a lot …

But, at the same time, we are also open to any kind of possibilities and we’ll listen. However, like I said, I love this group.”

The art of the waffle. Let’s try to digest it.

While it’s tough to ever know exactly where the Bulls front office lands, I will at least take Karnisovas at his word: “I love this group.” Not only is that easy to believe when a team holds the NBA’s 4th-best record, but it’s even easier to believe when we know this is a Karnisovas-made roster. When he spoke favorably ahead of last season’s trade deadline about his hand-me-down group, it was not particularly hard to interpret it as a much more calculated choice. Now, he is talking about a roster he built from the ground up this offseason, one we can all believe he is less prone to disrupt.

I also can’t help but find a mention of the Bucks, Nets, and 76ers as somewhat telling. By pointing toward these cores, it sure sounds like he’s suggesting that minimal movement rests ahead. He wants a core of Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic to marinate, and why wouldn’t he? If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

But where things get tricky is deciphering who else belongs in Karnisovas’ core. Is Patrick Williams and Coby White a part of it? What about the other role players? Is his ideal world one where he makes moves around the margins or adds one more big piece? By the way, we talked more about that here.

Precedent says he is still never afraid to make the big move, and he certainly left the door cracked when he noted that he remains “open to any kind of possibilities.” However, a staple in his conversation with Mully & Haugh was the current team’s chemistry. As he robotically fawned over this team’s locker room vibe, he made a point to say that any decision the team makes can’t disrupt that special connection.

“We like to see how this group works together,” Karnisovas said. “And we got to be really sensitive to any changes – if any – we will have. Like I said, these guys, great locker room. Great vibe. They like each other, so it’s a joy to watch what they’re doing on the floor.”

The bigger the move, the bigger the risk. Everything about this Chicago Bulls team feels properly balanced, and adding one more major name can always tip the scale.

This is what drags me toward believing the Bulls might keep it simple over the next couple of months. Of course, that isn’t to say a new piece or two isn’t added to round things out, but the long-term success Karnisovas covets, as well as the mere liking for this current roster, could lead them to ride this existing roster in Year 1.

BREAKING NEWS: THE CHICAGO BULLS TRADE FOR ANTHONY DAVIS, YOU IDIOT

written by

Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

more bulls news

Enhanced Box Score: Bulls 129, Wizards 127 – April 12, 2024

For as meaningless as that game was in terms of standings, that game was actually a lot of fun after a sleepwalking effort in the first few minutes of the game. The Bulls and Wizards were both without several contributors...

Pre-Gamin’: Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards (6:00 CT), Projected Lineups, How to Watch, More

The Bulls, or at least whichever of them is actually playing tonight, take on the Wizards in a game that means quite literally nothing. Let's have some fun! https://twitter.com/chicagobulls/status/1778845326654185912 Game Info Chicago Bulls (38-42) at Washington Wizards (15-65) – 6:00...

Bulls Injury Report: Ready for Restpalooza Against the Wizards?

If you've been anxiously awaiting more Henri Drell minutes, I've got good news for you! The Chicago Bulls' latest injury report suggests that the team will proceed with extra caution over the final two games of the regular season. And...

Bulls Earn Top Spot on “Shaqtin’ A Fool” this Week (And Rightfully So)

As expected, the Inside the NBA crew laid into the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. Torrey Craig and Andre Drummond were part of arguably the dumbest play of the season. After poking the ball away from the Knicks, the two...

NBA Playoff Update: Races, Tiebreakers, Scenarios For Final Regular Season Games

We have just two games left in the NBA's regular season, and there are still some seeding questions left to be answered. The two, three, four, and five seeds are still in the air in the Eastern Conference. We know...

Javonte Green Stats, Alex Caruso’s Now Eligible, Billy Donovan Stays, and Other Bulls Bullets

I guess I should just try to enjoy it, right? The Chicago Bulls clinched the honor of hosting the Atlanta Hawks in the Play-In Tournament next week. A win would then send them to either Philly or Miami, where they...

REPORT: Kentucky Looking to Hire BYU’s Mark Pope (So No Billy Donovan)

Kentucky basketball has honed in on a new head coaching candidate. According to both Jon Rothstein and ESPN's Pete Thamel, the Wildcats are expected to strike a deal with BYU head coach Mark Pope. The news comes after Baylor's Scott...

Enhanced Box Score: Bulls 127, Pistons 105 – April 11, 2024

DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic weren't messing around. The Chicago Bulls' veteran came out and played like two motivated veterans in the first half. DeRozan scored 17 points on 7-12 shooting from the field, while Vucevic added his own 17...

Bulls Secure Home-Court Advantage in Play-In Matchup with Hawks

The Chicago Bulls have accomplished the bare minimum. Despite the Atlanta Hawks right on their tails, the Bulls have managed to avoid one last final catastrophe. A victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night officially locked the team into...

Pre-Gamin’: Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons (6:00 CT), Projected Lineups, How to Watch, More

If the Chicago Bulls lose three times to the league-worst Pistons, they are automatically demoted to the G-League. Sorry, I don't make the rules! https://twitter.com/chicagobulls/status/1778407503300084070 Game Info Chicago Bulls (37-40) at Detroit Pistons (13-66) – 6:00 p.m. CT on NBC...

Latest News

Cubs vs. Mariners Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Chicago Cubs (7-6), led by the red-hot Michael Busch and his two-game homer streak, are -143 favorites to pick up a win over the Seattle Mariners (6-8) Saturday at 9:40 PM ET, live from T-Mobile Park and broadcast on...

Hurricanes vs. Blackhawks Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Carolina Hurricanes are predicted by bookmakers to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks when they play on Sunday at 6:00 PM ET, with the visiting Hurricanes at -355 on the moneyline, and the Blackhawks heavy underdogs at +280.Hurricanes vs. Blackhawks Favorite,...

Flames vs. Coyotes Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History and Picks – Sunday, April 14, 2024

The bookmakers like the Calgary Flames at home (-148) over the Arizona Coyotes (+124) when they meet on Sunday, April 14 at 8:00 PM ET.Flames vs. Coyotes Favorite, Moneyline, TotalFavorite: Flames (-148)Underdog: Coyotes (+124)Total: 6.5Best Flames vs. Coyotes Promo Codes[lasso...

Mervis Crushes Two More, Taillon Makes Another Start, Wesneski Deals, PCA Struggles, Murray, Vazquez, More

I was going to drop all of my thoughts on Iowa's Friday night win over St. Paul in the Cubs bullets this morning, but there was just a little too much to get to. And most of this is pretty...

Timberwolves vs. Suns Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats and Best Bets – Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Phoenix Suns (48-33) are 4.5-point underdogs as they look to continue a three-game road winning streak when they square off against the Minnesota Timberwolves (56-25) on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at Target Center. The game airs at 3:30 PM...

Magic vs. Bucks Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats and Best Bets – Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Orlando Magic (46-35) are favored (-4.5) to end a three-game losing streak when they host the Milwaukee Bucks (49-32) at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at Amway Center. The contest airs on BSF. The over/under in...

Pacers vs. Hawks Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats and Best Bets – Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Atlanta Hawks (36-45) are heavy underdogs (-12.5) as they attempt to break a three-game road losing streak when they visit the Indiana Pacers (46-35) on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The contest airs at 1:00 PM ET...

Pelicans vs. Lakers Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats and Best Bets – Sunday, April 14, 2024

The New Orleans Pelicans (49-32) are 3.5-point favorites as they look to stop a four-game home losing streak when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers (46-35) on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at Smoothie King Center. The contest airs at...

76ers vs. Nets Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats and Best Bets – Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Philadelphia 76ers (46-35) are heavily favored (by 14.5 points) to continue a three-game home win streak when they host the Brooklyn Nets (32-49) on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 1:00 PM ET. The matchup has a point total of...

Knicks vs. Bulls Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats and Best Bets – Sunday, April 14, 2024

The New York Knicks (49-32) will look to build on a four-game winning streak when they host the Chicago Bulls (39-42) on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at Madison Square Garden as big, 15.5-point favorites. The matchup airs at 1:00 PM...

more bulls news