Eastern Notes: Bulls, Adebayo, Hornets, Wizards

The Bulls would benefit from using their offseason to determine the team’s long-term answer at point guard, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago writes.

As Johnson notes, Chicago could acquire an established point guard in the November 18 draft or free agency. The team could also attempt to address the position internally, having selected Coby White selected seventh overall in last year’s draft.

The Bulls own the No. 4 pick this year and could consider drafting LaMelo Ball or Killian Hayes if either player is available. Chicago finished with the fifth-worst record in the Eastern Conference this past season (22-43) and failed to qualify for the NBA restart in Orlando.

The team made notable changed to its front office and coaching staff this summer, hiring Arturas Karnisovas as executive VP of basketball operations, Marc Eversley as general manager, and Billy Donovan as head coach.

There’s more from the Eastern Conference today:

  • Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel ponders whether the Heat will be able to find the correct complement to Bam Adebayo. Miami started Meyers Leonard alongside Adebayo for the first half of last season, later acquiring Jae Crowder at the trade deadline and choosing to go small entering the Orlando restart. The team could re-sign Crowder in unrestricted free agency or turn its attention to a player like Danilo Gallinari, who held mutual interest with the Heat on a potential trade last February before the sides were unable to agree to financial terms. Gallinari has since hinted that he may prioritize signing with a contending team over financial stability, though it’s unclear what his thinking will be when free agency opens.
  • Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer examines how the Hornets could benefit from a December start to the 2020/21 season. The NBA is discussing a number of options for next season, including starting the campaign earlier than originally expected (perhaps around Christmas Day).
  • Fred Katz explores a potential Bradley Beal trade, Rui Hachimura‘s defense and more in his latest mailbag for The Athletic. The Wizards are set to run it back with a healthy John Wall next season, but the team must address the free agency of Davis Bertans and who to draft at No. 9 before the campaign rolls around.
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18 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Bulls, Adebayo, Hornets, Wizards

  1. Sillivan

    Goran Dragic: If he wants two years contract plus
    Jae Crowder: If he wants two years contract plus
    Meyers Leonard: Part ways

    Derrick Jones Jr: Part ways

  2. Sillivan

    Is this a crazy year?
    I have seen over 100 free agent players Sign and Trade deals from the reporters.

    The reporters are trying to sign and trade players to Knicks for Knicks future first round picks.
    Why didn’t Knicks directly offer VanVleet and Harrell $110 million each?

    • Curtisrowe

      Because then the Knick would be stuck with VanVleet and Harrell for 110 million each.

    • hiflew

      Another big reason the Knicks haven’t directly offered them $110 million each is that free agency is NOT OPEN YET!

    • The Howler

      Dude you are like one of those fortune tellers that make 100 predictions at the beginning of the year and when one comes true you say “See, I told you so.”

  3. Simmons>Russ

    Bulls should hope for Wiseman to fall to them at 4 which doesn’t seem to unrealistic.

    Have LaVine Markeneen and Wiseman are their core pieces which means Carter Jr can be traded as could Coby White if it meant getting something better.

    I know it’s not going to get much support but I think trading for Dennis Smith Jr could be an option. The Knicks have killed his confidence remember at the Mavs he was solid. He could be a cheap easy pick up.

    Another they should look into is Darius Garland depending on his price. He had a terrible rookie season but I think he has potential and with the right pieces and a good coach he could work things out.

    Lastly with Kris Dunn likely gone, please make a move for Josh Jackson. He’s a capable defensive wing that can play make and has shown glimpses of potential in scoring. He’s worth the risk of giving a decent offer to

    • x%sure

      Garland Not Available NA. The other vets have had their chances to be a prize young starter and now you want to throw WendellCarter & CobyWhite on the tossaway pile too?

      • Simmons>Russ

        That makes zero sense. The other vets have had their chances to be prize young starter?
        How can you be a young vet?
        I’m guessing your referring to Smith Jr and Jackson?
        Yes they had a chance but just because they didn’t succeed the first time doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a second go.
        DSJ was so solid as a rookie, he averaged 15-4-5. That’s similar numbers to what Dragic, Bledsloe and Jordan Clarkson put up this season. Moving to New York killed his career this far but I’m sure in a different environment he could be a solid role player again.

        As for Josh Jackson, he never showed his best for a full season but he had solid games and glimpses both with in Phoenix and Memphis. His rookie season he did averaged 13-4.5-1.5, but never progressed.

        I think both players are worth taking a second shot with especially at the dirt cheap price tag they have.

        As for Wendell Carter and Coby White, I see potential and would be working on developing them for sure but I would also be listening to offers on both 100%. It would take a really good offer to take them away but both should be available for the right price.

        • Simmons>Russ

          Dennis Smith probably only cost you a second round pick or two and Josh Jackson is a free agent who would probably agree to a 1 year 4-5mil deal. Both players are worth that easily with the potential they both have

          • tjbarnaba

            Someone plays a little too much 2K and doesn’t watch enough actual basketball.

          • x%sure

            My second sentence does need unpacked, but I would be disliking the OP anyway. I think Jackson & Smith are teasers who would distract from more investable players. Smith and the two Bulls have new coaches to try them again… of course your perspective is of what would be good for a team. But even the loser Cavs have better prospects, and Garland is off the table.

            • hiflew

              It’s funny you consider Garland off the table, since he pretty much is Smith from two years ago. I know he is young, but I didn’t see much from him at this level. He could get better, but so could Jackson, Smith, and Kevin Knox as well. But it’s highly likely that all 4 will not live up to their top 10 draft billing.

    • formerlyz

      What about Shaq Harrison? He could be a replacement for Dunn, if he leaves. They probably should have been using both anyway. They have some offensive guys to put around those 2 defenders. Could use another shooter or defensive guy around those guys in lineups with Markannen at the 5. Curious to see what happens with Otto Porter

      Dunn, Lavine, Harrison, Porter, Markannen seems doable. Need a shooter, and another versatile 3/4 option that can defend (although they do have Chandler Hutchinson if he can stay healthy)

      I could see Josh Jackson working for them either way, although I see him as a fit with several teams…Have to see what else is out there for the Bulls…One of the Morris twins could be a fit. I think Derrick Jones jr, although he should have multiple teams interested in him, if he doesnt stay with the Heat. Glenn Robinson III could be a good fit for them. I havent looked at their cap situation, so not sure what would be on the table for them…I could see them trying to move some combination of Markannen, Carter Jr, Lavine or Coby White in the right situations. I’m sure Otto Porter would be available b/c of his price as well

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    Wiseman would be great for Bulls. No way Charlotte passes on him. Still find it hard Warriors will pass. Only way they pass on him is if they trade pick. Then I’m pretty sure someone is trading up to take Wiseman. At 4 Bulls will get a nice talent. Halliburton or Deni probably. Sign VanVleet for 20 mill. Or go after Clarkson, he’s a FA. I think Heat could use a rim protector center rebounder. a lot of teams have decisions on their own FA.

  5. rotofool

    Bulls will pull off a deal with Eversley’s Sixers to get their PG. Sixers are moving Ben back to PG & Brand knows the Bulls, also hiring Bulls bigman coach Roy Rogers. Plus, Doc traded away Mike Scott from LAC last year, so they’ll want to drop Soctt’s $5M and perhaps Zaire Smith’s $3M guaranteed contracts since they’re so far over the cap.

    Eversley will want his draft gem Shake Milton, and the Bulls can get him for a very cheap and controllable high-upside center Daniel Gafford and philly hometowner Arcidiacono. Bulls take on a few extra contracts and shed minimums to get one of the sixers picks, perhaps even #21.
    link to tradenba.com

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