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Should the Chicago Bulls Pursue Kemba Walker in Free Agency?

Should the Chicago Bulls pursue Kemba Walker in free agency? Nikhil has more on Walker's game and answers that question here.

With only 16 games remaining in the NBA season for the Chicago Bulls, they now have their sights set on a very important summer. Three major events will happen: the NBA Draft Lottery, NBA Draft, and free agency. We are all aware of the widespread opinion that if the Bulls obtain the first overall pick, they will heavily look to draft Zion Williamson. In addition to this intrigue, the 2019 free agency class is one of the best in years with stars such as Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, and Kemba Walker all hitting the market.

The Bulls have rebuilt rather quickly, and having been on quite of a roll over the past few weeks while playing some strong basketball. Adding one of these stars may be enough to propel them into the playoff picture next year in a relatively weak Eastern Conference. Add that to the fact that the Bulls have struggled with strong point guard play all season. This makes pursuing a three time All-Star in Kemba Walker a power move for the Bulls.

Kemba Walker is the definition of loyalty. He has spent his entire career with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets up till this point. In this season alone, he was named an All-Star game starter due to his incredible play. Currently, he is averaging 25.0 points per game on 41.7% shooting from the field while also being a team player by dishing the ball out and being the clear cut vocal leader on the team. His ability to hit the three ball and make defenders look silly makes him so fun to watch. In addition, he plays so well off his teammates which makes him a great team player. However as of late, Walker has looked more ready to leave in free agency than stay with the Hornets due to their inability to build a strong core around him that can consistently get to the playoffs.

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Although the Bulls have struggled in their own right, this team has plenty of potential. Zach LaVine has proven that he can put up 25+ points every night while also creating for his teammates. Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.¬†add some athleticism to a young lineup, and the addition of Otto Porter brings some defense and playoff experience from his time with the Wizards. Take out L.A. and New York, Chicago is the third biggest market in the United States. Chicago loves its basketball with a strong tradition of winning thanks in large part to Michael Jordan. Walker would be able to build his brand in Chicago while also having the comfort of cap flexibility that’ll allow the Bulls to keep bringing in pieces around him.

In addition, it is worth noting that the Bulls will have a top pick in this years upcoming draft. The thought of adding Williamson or another young prospect to a talented roster should be very enticing to Kemba Walker. At only 28-years-old, this investment in a talented point guard is worth it. If things work out in the Bulls favor and the Knicks don’t land a marquee free agent, this move could become more and more possible. Kris Dunn has struggled too many times during this season, and adding a proven All-Star to a talented lineup would bring attention back to the Bulls. And what’s the worst thing that can happen? Kemba signs elsewhere. However, this shouldn’t stop the Bulls pursuit of him because he is that good.

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