Rumored Bulls Target Goran Dragic Is Now a Free Agent

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Rumored Bulls Target Goran Dragic Is Now a Free Agent

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It’s officially official: Goran Dragic is a free agent.

The 35-year-old point guard was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the San Antonio Spurs during last week’s trade deadline. The immediate report was that Dragic would work to reach a buyout with the rebuilding organization and pursue an opportunity with a contending team. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski listed multiple possible suitors, including the Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, and – yup – Chicago Bulls.

Considering the team’s rumored interest in Dennis Schroder over the past couple of weeks, I guess it’s not too hard to believe the front office could be interested in adding backcourt re-enforcement. Sure, the position might end up a bit crowded on a fully healthy roster, but is that reason enough to avoid pursuing one of the better names on the mid-season market?

Dragic has played his fair share of winning basketball of his career, proving that he still has plenty left in the tank last season in Miami where he averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 assists on a 37.3 percent clip from downtown. He would give the Bulls another battle-tested ballhandler to eat needed minutes until Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso are back in the mix. Not to mention, once the playoffs roll around, his presence could only give head coach Billy Donovan that much more lineup versatility.

Don’t get me wrong, I think adding a big man should still be a priority for this undersized Bulls team, but who is to say Arturas Karnisovas can’t do both? If I know one thing for sure, it’s that I don’t want Dragic sitting on the bench of a rival East team, especially that squad up north. The Milwaukee Bucks – who already added Serge Ibaka at the deadline – have lost Pat Connaughton for an extended period of time, and rumor has it this could push them toward an even stronger pursuit of the veteran point guard.

Author: Elias Schuster

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