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Should Bobby Portis be in the Bulls’ Long-Term Plans?

The Chicago Bulls and Bobby Portis could not come to an agreement on a contract extension before the start of the regular season.

Bobby Portis is entering his fourth season with the Chicago Bulls. He has been one of the Bulls most underrated players. Portis was taken late in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. Portis played two years at the collegiate level for the Arkansas Razorbacks, he was also the SEC player of the year during the 2014-2015 season, which is quite the accomplishment when you’re playing in the same conference as Kentucky.

Portis is coming off a career year, during the offseason, he continued to tell social media that he wants to win the sixth man of the year. If he ended up winning, he would be the second winner of the award out of Arkansas. Corliss Williamson won the award back in 2002 with the Detroit Pistons.

Portis continues to prove his doubters wrong, he continues to strive to be better every game, year in and year out. Before the season last year, there was a bunch of speculation if he would be traded after being suspended for a fight with former Chicago Bull Nikola Mirotic.

The Bulls ended up trading Nikola to the Pelicans, instead of trading away Portis. The Bulls front office saw the upside that Portis had and decided not to move an important core piece.

Portis played in 73 games during the 2017-2018 season. He averaged 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, which is a major upgrade from the prior season when he averaged 6.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists. If he can have another career year this upcoming season, then it’s going to be really hard for the Bulls to not pull the trigger on re-signing him in the spring.

Portis reminds me a lot of former Bull Taj Gibson. They both are very self-driven players. He is the type of guy you don’t want to lose when you’re trying to fully rebuild a team. The Bulls front office has been very clear that they want young players going forward to build this team. I can already tell you that Portis is going to play his heart out for the Bulls this season, no matter the circumstance.

The Bulls and Portis will try contract negotiations in the spring, but the good news is that Portis truly wants to play for the Bulls. He recently said that he can’t see himself playing for any other team but the Chicago Bulls.

Portis has had a wonderful preseason. He should also start Thursday night when the Bulls open their regular season against Sixers. He will probably start at the power forward position until Markkanen returns in November.

While he may not be a starter, Portis sure knows how to impact a game coming off the bench. He is a great asset to have on the team.

Portis will be a restricted free agent next summer. The Bulls and Portis may have not come to a deal, but I’m sure Portis will be in a Bulls uniform for the 2019-2020 season.

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