Officially Official, Bulls Add Lots of Energy, Will Taylor Get a Chance? And Other Bulls Bullets
I have to go to the DMV after I finish writing these bullets. To say I’d rather re-watch the Bulls give up 150 points to the Timberwolves than go to the hellscape that is the DMV would be an understatement.
Alas … I need to make sure I can continue to drive legally. Curse you, laws!
- The Chicago Bulls have made both their mid-season roster changes officially official over the last 24 hours. The organization first announced the addition of Patrick Beverley, who appeared in 45 games for the Lakers this season before he was traded to the Magic and reached a buyout. Then, this morning, the Bulls confirmed that they have signed former Pacer Terry Taylor to a two-way contract. Taylor was one of a few players waived by Indiana during an active trade deadline.
- The addition of both players meant the departure of both Tony Bradley and Malcolm Hill. What the future holds for each will surely be interesting to follow. Bradley struggled to make his presence felt in Chicago after originally signing on to be the primary backup big man. He’s had some briefly successful stints elsewhere in the NBA – and he’s still just 25 years old – but re-establishing himself in the league could be difficult. As for Hill, I wouldn’t be too surprised if he agrees to stay on board with the Windy City Bulls. But … the Illini in me would still love to see him get a greater opportunity elsewhere. Perhaps a rebuilding team would be willing to give him some more run? He’s got the skills to be a potentially decent 3-and-D role player.
- As far as post-deadline moves go, I actually think the Bulls did a pretty decent job with Beverley and Taylor. Both make a lot of sense for what the team needs, particularly from an energy standpoint. The Bulls have played like zombies on Ambien during this six-game losing streak, refusing to put their foot on the gas whenever adversity strikes. I can almost guarantee you that Patrick Beverley isn’t going to let that fly. And, if given the chance to see any real minutes, Taylor will also provide the kind of consistent hustle and effort that has so easily disappeared at times.
- Now, does that mean I think either will help the Bulls drastically reverse course? No. While it can always help to get some new, highly-motivated players in the locker room, there are only 23 games left this season. Not to mention, it all starts with the stars. If we don’t see a change in how the Bulls’ trio is able to play off one another and mesh on the offensive end, a Play-In exit likely remains the ceiling for this group.
- I like to imagine that adding someone like Beverley is part of a final test for Arturas Karnisovas. Even more important than making the postseason, Karnisovas needs to see who is willing to put it all on the line. If Beverley comes in and looks far more motivated than everyone else, it’s only going to look that much worse on those players as the offseason looms. I know it’s hard to take Karnisovas completely at his word right now, but he did suggest that the Bulls’ final 28 games would be a strict evaluation period. If that truly is the case, everyone is pretty much fighting for their Chicago future over these final two months.
- The Athletic asked participants at All-Star Weekend a wide range of questions, including who is the league’s best trash talker. Guess who earned the most votes? That’s right, the Bulls’ newest addition!
- The Bulls have always loved adding players that perform great against them:
- A playoff push isn’t necessarily the time to play someone whose on a two-way contract, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Taylor get a least a trial run over the next several weeks. While it’s a bit comical that he’s yet another undersized big man who rarely shoots the 3, we have seen the Bulls succeed with players like him in the rotation. Whether it be Derrick Jones Jr. or Javonte Green, guys who run the floor, crash the offensive glass, and prioritize the little things have done well in Billy Donovan’s system. Let’s also not forget that there is a world where both Jones Jr. and Green are free agents this summer. The Bulls could get a nice look at Taylor now and decide if he can fill one of those holes on a cheap deal next season.
- I know it’s high school, but the fact Bev averaged 37.3 points at Marshall is nuts lol
- If you’re a masochist, then go ahead and listen to Chandler Parsons paint an extremely grim picture of what Lonzo Ball’s future might hold.
- A little lesson from Mr. Flowers:
- That ending …