Building a Relationship with Klutch, Zach LaVine Deserves More Credit, Utah's Trade Chips, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Building a Relationship with Klutch, Zach LaVine Deserves More Credit, Utah’s Trade Chips, and Other Bulls Bullets

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After what has felt like the longest offseason ever, the NBA is finally about to give us the kind of storylines we’ve been craving with training camp starting next week. With that being the case, I just wanted to take a second to thank those who have continued to stop by and read over the past several months. While I know offseason chatter may not always be the most riveting content (especially when the Bulls mostly sit on the sidelines), the only reason I get to keep doing this is because folks like you will read my stupid opinions in the middle of August. It truly means a lot.

What I hope to do now is increase the quantity and quality of the work as we ramp up for an important season of Bulls basketball. As I wrote about the other day, building on what this organization did last season will be pivotal to this new front office proving itself. The time is now to prove that continuity is/was the right path forward.

  • If this front office has made one thing clear since coming aboard, it’s that they wanted to establish a good relationship with the most important agency in professional basketball. Not only did they work with Klutch on a deal to land Lonzo Ball last offseason, but they also dealt with Rich Paul and Co. this summer through Zach LaVine’s contract extension. Now, we’ve learned that the two sides joined forces to get a multi-year brand deal done, which I think certainly speaks to the strong connection that’s being built upstairs.
  • I don’t know how else Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley plan to use these ties with Klutch, but I do know it’s nice to have this kind of familiarity. Some of the biggest names in the game reside with that agency, and I’m sure they will only continue to add superstars as the years go by. Even after acknowledging that money usually talks, the more positive things Klutch can say about the Bulls’ when a player asks, the better.
  • Honestly, I still don’t think Zach LaVine gets enough credit for extending his range. While he’s always possessed a decent jumper, he’s turned himself into one of the most efficient deep threats in the NBA. Over the past four seasons, he’s shot a combined 39.2 percent from behind the arc on 7.1 attempts per game. Combine that consistency with his improving midrange game and explosive presence at the rim, and he’s easily one of the most elite three-level scorers in the game. That’s why his paycheck just went up.
  • Look, I don’t think LaVine will be taking Dame or Steph-range pull-up 3s, but he probably knows the Bulls need to increase their volume from that area of the floor this season. As efficient as the team was, we all knew that their team-wide hesitancy to shoot from deep became a significant problem as the season went on. Perhaps LaVine can help remind his teammates that they need to have a greater presence behind the arc.
  • After revealing four Bulls in the 26-100 range, ESPN has released players 11-25 in their Top-100 rankings. Thoughts?
  • The time is now for the Phoenix Suns to get back to the NBA Finals, which is why it isn’t too shocking to hear they are in on one of the more intriguing trade assets currently available. Bojan Bogdanovic’s 39.2 percent 3-point percentage could fit right into almost any contending team, which is why I wish there were some way for the Bulls to acquire him (but the pricetag just wouldn’t fit).
  • In full rebuild mode, it also wouldn’t be surprising if Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson found himself elsewhere midseason. The sparkplug scorer is everything a team like the Bulls would like Coby White to be, and even Clarkson knows his services will likely be called upon elsewhere:

“I’m ready for whatever happens,” Clarkson told Complex. “If I’m in a different jersey in a week or tomorrow I get a phone call and I have to put on whatever jersey it is, I’m just trying to win and take whatever team it is to the next level to hopefully win a championship one day.”

  • Meanwhile, ESPN reported on Tuesday that center Robert Williams will miss 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee. The expectation is that he’s back on the floor by the start of the season, but Bulls fans have seen firsthand how unpredictable even the smallest of surgeries can be. And it’s not like Williams has been the picture of health during his brief time in the NBA either. His availability will certainly be something to keep an eye on, especially knowing the Bulls’ fourth game of the season will come against Boston.
  • A league on the rise.
  • I will be watching this. One of the most fun and unpredictable few weeks the NBA has ever seen.
  • Wut.
  • Heh, I get it.


Author: Elias Schuster

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