The trade deadline has come and gone, and for the third year in a row, the Chicago Bulls did nothing. Despite their overall lack of competitiveness (stuck in the race for the Play-In Tournament), the Bulls kept all of their assets – even DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond, both of whom are in the final year of their contract and will be unrestricted free agents this summer.
However, they could still look to add pieces to this roster, as a bunch of players have hit the buyout market post-trade deadline. If they truly want to improve heading into the postseason, adding a guy could help their overall roster construction.
Elias Schuster of Bleacher Nation suggested that the Bulls could potentially target Evan Fournier on the buyout market, particularly because of his friendship with Nikola Vucevic.
“After appearing in 80 games for New York during his first year with the organization, head coach Tom Thibodeau opted to make the veteran a benchwarmer,” Schuster wrote. “Fournier has now played just 30 total games over the past three seasons. Theoretically, he should have some good basketball left in the tank. Fournier is a 37.8 percent career 3-point shooter on 5.2 attempts per game.
“The swingman’s defense can leave a lot to be desired, but he does possess solid size at six-foot-seven and plays with decent hustle. I could see a world where he bolsters a banged-up Chicago team that needs more bench scoring. Not to mention, he already has great chemistry with Vooch!”
Adding Fournier’s three-point shooting and veteran presence to the lineup could be beneficial for the Bulls.