One of the many areas in which the Chicago Bulls need an upgrade is at point guard, a spot Kris Dunn held down this season.
After finishing with the fourth-worst record in the NBA season (22-60), the Bulls could go several ways in pursuing a floor leader, from the draft, to free agency to trade.
According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, here are potential targets for the Bulls to chase in each of the three above-mentioned avenues:
* The draft — This would most likely be predicated on the Bulls being fortunate in the lottery and landing the No. 2 or No. 3 overall pick, where they could select Murray State standout Ja Morant. The draft lottery is May 14.
* Free agency — According to Cowley, Chicago will have approximately $20 million in salary-cap space this summer. A potential target for the Bulls could be Indiana Pacers backup point man Cory Joseph.
* Trade — This is by far the most interesting of the three routes laid out by Cowley, who reports the Bulls may revisit talks with the Los Angeles Lakers about Lonzo Ball.
“According to one NBA executive, the Bulls and Lakers had initial conversations about point guard Lonzo Ball shortly after Ball’s camp made it public that Chicago would be one of his desired destinations if the Lakers were to move him.
“Could the No. 4 pick and a package with Dunn be enough to pry Ball loose? He’d be the perfect fit for what the Bulls are looking for, with an ability to push the ball and make plays, in addition to solid defense; he finished this season seventh among NBA point guards in defensive RPM (real plus-minus).”