Three Players Chicago Bulls Should Target During the 2020 NBA Free Agency

Published 09/23/2020, 10:00 AM EDT
Sep 5, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) dribbles the ball against Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the first half of game four in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Chicago Bulls are in the headlines over the hiring of Billy Donovan as their new head coach. The Bulls’ front office is striving to bring back the glory days to the ‘Windy City,’ but hiring a new coach just can’t be the ultimate solution. They need to go after players in the 2020 free-agency and lure in stars who can fit well into the system. 

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Three top targets the Chicago Bulls should consider during the free-agency 

The 2020 free-agency boasts a lot of talented names, but unfortunately, the Bulls are confined with their cap space, and can’t land multiple targets. However, a couple of decent or maybe even one good signing can help their team go a long way. 

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Billy Donovan is an experienced coach who can set up a flashy offensive system with the Bulls. We saw how well he worked with OKC this season, and it just proves that he can do it with any team. With that being said, here are the top three targets the Chicago Bulls should set their sights on in the 2020 NBA Free agency. 

Marc Gasol 

Marc Gasol? Isn’t the Spaniard 34-years-old? Yes, he is. But, he is still solid as a rock on defense, and can get you essential buckets on offense too. In his last two seasons with Toronto, Gasol hasn’t put up extraordinary numbers, but he’s been a starter who proves his significant worth on the court. 

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Marc Gasol is a career 48.1% shooter, which makes him a valuable asset to seek. Moreover, the 6’11” center activated the player option in his contract for the current season, which means he will become an unrestricted free agent in the 2020 offseason. 

The Bulls can certainly thrive with a player like Gasol on their roster. Though his starting privileges might take a hit with Wendell Carter Jr. performing well for the Bulls, Gasol is still a good option to pursue as he’s yet to open up about his contract situation with the Raptors. 

Tim Hardaway Jr. 

Tim Hardaway Jr, the 28-year-old shooting guard is a promising player in the association. He’s the son of five-time All-Star Tim Hardaway, and is currently earning his trade by playing for the Dallas Mavericks, but his contract situation is expiring.

Hardaway earned roughly $18 million this season, and he can exercise the player option in his contract to settle in for one more year with the Mavs. 

But, the Chicago Bulls can certainly lure Hardaway into their team. Tim Hardaway’s game has definitely been on the rise over the years, and his numbers reflect the same as well. His long-range shooting is deadly, and the 6’5” guard has the experience to land in Chicago and immediately become their starter. 

Furkan Korkmaz

Furkan Korkmaz is probably the least convincing name in this list. But the Turkish national is a spectacular player, and his style is captivating. Moreover, he’s a terrific long-range shooter who can be extremely effective coming off the bench, as he has been doing for the past three years in Philly

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The 23-year-old is definitely an evolving talent and would be a good fit for the Bulls. If they are looking to groom a talented star, Korkmaz can certainly take up the role and thrive under their banner. 

Korkmaz does not boast extraordinary averages, as he’s been largely used from the bench, averaging only 17.3 minutes a game in his NBA career. But, the swingman can still be effective, even if he starts from the bench.

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With a non-guaranteed contract with the 76ers for the 2020/21 season, Korkmaz’s future hangs in the balance, and the Chicago Bulls can swoop in and sign him.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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