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Bulls free agency rumors day 2: the wing-ening to come

backcourt looks a lot better after day 1

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I should’ve gotten this up earlier with better analysis. It’s more a new thread to talk about activity...

And the Bulls were ACTIVE! It rules:

Signed Lonzo Ball (and traded away little of consequence)

Signed Alex Caruso

After guaranteeing Thad Young and Tomas Satoransky (dealt to Pelicans), the Bulls are operating this offseason as an over-the-cap team.

So for day 2, they still have some tools at their disposal.

Non-taxpayer MLE: only if this isn’t used on Caruso, and it’s looking possible that Caruso will be brought in on a Traded Player Exception, as the Bulls have one now after reportedly signing-and-trading Daniel Theis to the Houston Rockets.

Bi-Annual Exception

(also of note: if the Bulls want to sign 2nd-rounders Ayo Dosunmu and Marko Simonović to more than the minimum, they need to use a cap exception)

Lauri Markkanen in a sign-and-trade (there aren’t many teams with cap space left to sign Lauri to an above-MLE deal)

Al-Farouq Aminu’s expiring contract (could trade for a multi-year contract, as now the Bulls won’t have cap space in 2022)

As for what they still need to do...the team needs wings, badly.

They have a lot of guys who can play small forward, including incumbent starter Patrick Williams plus Ball and Caruso, but I don’t think any who are best suited there.

They also need a new backup center, but those can be found later and cheaper in the free agent market. And probably a veteran ‘more pure playmaker’ at PG too.