Putting in the Extra Work, Re-Grading DeRozan Deal, Accepting Drummond, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Putting in the Extra Work, Re-Grading DeRozan Deal, Accepting Drummond, and Other Bulls Bullets

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For those who read BN Bulls on the regular, you might recall me saying that we recently rescued a 3-year-old pup. So to the extent you’re interested, here’s your update: Her first couple of weeks in our home have gone great! She sleeps through the night, knows how to tell us when she needs to go potty, and demands snuggles from dawn to dusk.

In fact, that latter point is how and why I’m writing this intro (with her currently sleeping on my lap). Winnie is so freakin’ cuddly that a lack of those cuddles stresses her out. In other words, we still have to teach her how to be ok being alone, so if there are any fellow dog owners out there who have some advice, feel free to leave a comment or DM me on Twitter!


Winnie thanks you in advance.

  • I can almost smell the sweat and Gatorade.
  • Coby White, Javonte Green, Andre Drummond, and Nikola Vucevic all look to be back in Chicago for some pre-training camp work. And, if last offseason was any indication, I’m sure a handful of other names will be added to that list in the coming days. This new Bulls team has been excellent about prioritizing extra time on the court together, and I think it’s safe to say this is a big reason why they got off to the hot start they did last season. Let’s hope for similar results this October.
  • Bleacher Report decided to re-grade some of the big-name free-agent signings of the past few years, and you bet they changed their stance on the DeMar DeRozan deal. After previously calling the decision a big fat failure, the site now grades his contract at a B. After a year where he finished second in total points with an All-NBA nod, I can see how this designation might also ruffle some feathers. But I’m actually more than fine holding off from giving the highest marks.
  • See, while I think DeRozan has already justified the contract, I also think we’re way too quick to judge this kind of thing. Multi-year contracts need to be evaluated over … well … multiple years. I think the same about the Nikola Vucevic trade. Fans and analysts alike have been so quick to criticize that trade and sell all their Vucevic stock. But doesn’t it take time to adjust to a new role? One season isn’t enough to build the kind of chemistry that truly successful teams have, especially when that team houses three All-Stars who previously used to be No. 1 options. In many ways, this is why I at least understand where the front office is coming from with their preference for continuity. We simply can’t make set conclusions after one season of a team or contract.
  • Between DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, and DeAndre Jordan, it’s crazy to see how many of these big men have fallen down the totem pole.
  • Speaking of which, and I tweeted it yesterday, I am coming around more and more to the idea of Andre Drummond. While I remain concerned about his ability to help this team on the defensive end (where they arguably need it more), there is no question he’s given this team a true backup center. Whether it be trusting Tony Bradley, signing Tristan Thompson midway through season, or running out Derrick Jones Jr. at the 5 (which I actually kinda liked), the Bulls clearly didn’t have a consistent answer at this position. Now, with someone as experienced as Drummond, they do.
  • Zach LaVine is very good at basketball:
  • I tip my hat to PayPal. I feel like we could see more of this moving forward.
  • Movin’ on up!
  • You love to see it.

Author: Elias Schuster

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