The Bulls are entering the off-season not looking to land stars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, and Jimmy Butler, (not like they could anyways). Instead management has more realistic plans for the summer, that being, adding depth to the bench and addressing the point guard situation.
The point guard issue will most likely be resolved during the 2019 Draft–whether it be through trade or selecting a prospect.
That leaves loading up the bench and allowing this team to play comfortably with 8-10 players playing on a nightly basis.
Chicago is expected to pursue forward Marcus Morris, per The Athletic’s Sham Charania.
After both bouncing around the league, Marcus Morris found a home in Boston and with Head Coach Brad Stevens. Coming off arguably his best season, the Celtics fell to Milwaukee in five games in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals. While he still is open to returning to the Celtics, there are many other suitors looking to add the stretch forward.
The Knicks, Lakers, Kings, Clippers, and Bulls are expected to show interest in signing Marcus Morris, per Shams.
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Adding Marcus Morris would aid a very depleted Chicago front court. Outside of starters Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., the Bulls do not posses much depth. The inconsistent Cristiano Felicio and aging Robin Lopez serve as the backups.
Morris averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists serving as one of the Celtics key reserves off the bench. He’s a proven scorer and defender as a starter or off the bench. Coming off a season where he shot 38% from three, this would add another big man that could stretch the floor in Chicago and serve as a reliable spot up shooter.
The 29-year-old made $5.3 million this past season and will likely seek out a larger contract due to his incredible play.
Depending on how management decides to use their cap, Morris would be a great option with a reasonable upgrade in his yearly earnings. The Bulls have roughly 21 million this off-season and adding Marcus Morris should be a priority from the front office.
Having played on a championship caliber team, Morris will bring some of that pedigree to a young Chicago roster, along with the edge that Jim Boylen seeks from his players. The pairing of Jim Boylen and Morris would be a match made in heaven, seeing as how both show tremendous amounts of passion while in the moment. Boylen would learn to love a player with such experience and heart.
The Bulls have a ton of talent and adding Morris would place Chicago one step closer to contending for the playoffs next season. It’s imperative that the bench issue is completely resolved this off-season, and a player like Marcus Morris will help establish the new Chicago bench mob.
But the Bulls are not alone, there are other suitors in line for Morris such as: the Knicks, Kings, Lakers, and Clippers. These franchises understand his value and hopefully the Bulls will make the correct offer in this bid.
NBA free agency will start June 30th at 6:00 PM ET and let the games begin.
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