Bulls offseason grade from Dan Feldman


The Bulls are in a spot that is fairly new for a team that is still in the early stages of the rebuilding process. They have been—for the most part—receiving universal praise from all angles for what was considered an excellent offseason and the positivity surrounding the Bulls offseason continued on Tuesday with Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk

Feldman has been handing out grades for the offseasons of all 30 teams in the NBA and the Bulls received a solid grade of 'B-'. While the grade is obviously positive, Feldman's words were much more important in figuring out why people around the league have been so bullish on Chicago's offseason spending. 

The point guard position has constantly been regarded as a spot of weakness for the Bulls and while management has long maintained that they haven't given up on Kris Dunn, they brought in guard Tomas Satoransky through free agency and Coby White through the 2019 NBA Draft (No. 7 overall). Satoransky played a career-high 27.0 minutes per game last season, averaging 8.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists, all career-bests. The Bulls acquired Satoransky through a sign-and-trade with the Washington Wizards, promptly signing him Satoransky to a three-year, $30 million deal. 

Feldman went on to state that the Wizards "never appreciated" Satoransky enough, a topic he has discussed before. This idea is supported by the fact that the Wizards were willing to let 'Sato' go and replaced him with a combination of Ish Smith and Isaiah Thomas, rather than sticking with the guard who has helped the team stay afloat during John Wall's prolonged absence. Feldman mentions that Satoransky serves as the perfect point guard to bridge the gap between now and when No. 7 overall pick White is fully ready to take over the starting point guard spot. The fact that the Bulls had to give up draft capital hurts but they were all second-round picks, which keeps the Bulls in a position to capitalize on future lottery selections in the first round should things go south in the 2019-20 season.  

Feldman was a fan of the Coby White selection, mostly because of the value Chicago was able to extract by getting one of the top three-point guard prospects without having to move up in the draft to select him. 

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