After an unbearable 2018-2019 campaign that featured countless injuries, a coaching change, and a failed experiment involving Jabari Parker, Chicago has stepped up quite nicely this off-season.
To start off, the Bulls were put in a difficult situation. That being, managing to win 22 games a season ago and expecting a top three pick, only to have that pick fall three spots to the seventh pick. The front office turned this pick into UNC’s Coby White, a 6’5 guard that pushes that pace, can score at will, and most importantly, play off-ball beside Zach LaVine.
Gar Foreman And John Paxson were able to select a player that addressed a need and while simultaneously getting a player that fits the style of play that Chicago wants to play with.
I’m giving this pick an A-.
Well done by the front office. And they weren’t done yet, on Sunday, the first day of free agency, the Bulls signed Thaddeus Young to a three year, $41 million deal. What Thaddeus Young brings to the table is, most importantly, durability. Missing one game a season ago, for rest, and only 10 for the last three seasons.
Thaddeus Young games played in each of his 12 seasons:
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) July 1, 2019
He’s a 6’8″ forward that can play positions 3-5 along with the ability to hit perimeter shots and handle the ball occasionally. Averaging 12.6 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, shooting 52% from the field and 35% from three.
Per sources, there’s some wiggle room in Young’s third year of the contract. Maybe a team option. If so, the front office worked out a nice deal acquiring a valuable role player for a good price that won’t leave them cap-strapped when Otto Porter’s contract ends.
Young just turned 31 last week and adds much-needed depth and leadership to the Bulls frontcourt. Young is a great professional on and off the court. He’ll also be reunited with his former teammate LaVine after playing half a year alongside each other for Minnesota.
Reunited and ….yall know the words 😁😁😁🤝🏽🤝🏽🤝🏽 https://t.co/KnQXZJIv8D
— Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) June 30, 2019
Less than 24 hours later the Bulls addressed another major need. Chicago acquired Thomas Satoransky from the Washington Wizards in a sign-and-trade deal. Satoransky will be signing with the team on a three year, $30 million deal. With some guaranteed protection, similar to Young’s deal, to increase summer flexibility.
Thomas Satoransky, the point guard version of Thad Young https://t.co/yEP03uSz2M
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) July 1, 2019
Satoransky is another quality, durable role player to complement Chicago’s young team. A 6’7″ guard that can play off-ball, defend, hit the three at an incredible rate, and rarely turn over the ball. Sato started in 54 games a season ago due to John Wall‘s season-ending injury and averaged nine points and five assists. He also shot 48% from the field and 40% from three.
He will also be reunited with his former teammate Otto Porter Jr.
Sato can be used as a valuable starter at the beginning of the season to slowly bring in Coby White. His decision-making, along with his outside shot, will greatly benefit Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.
I know we all are excited about Coby White and want him to start, but what’s best for the team, in the long run, is to begin the season with Sato and if White proves his value, then give him the starting role.
With the Satoransky signing, Kris Dunn is actively being shopped and will not suit up for Chicago next season.
The Bulls have made such great moves that it even caught, former Bulls player, Dwyane Wade’s attention.
2 great moves by the Bulls✊🏾 https://t.co/ZugcbgyWve
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 1, 2019
I expect to see one more signing from Chicago this off-season. Getting a solid three and D wing player would wrap up this off-season and be a solid start for year three of the rebuild.