The Bulls A new veteran addition strengthens their backcourt bench depth. Chicago will sign the former All-NBA point guard Goran Dragic Jordan Schultz of the Pull Up Podcast to a one-year contract (Twitter link)
Dragic, most recently made $2.9MM with the Nets Senior minimumnext season, Tweets Shams Sarania of Athletics.
Dragic was instrumental in the Heat’s 2020 NBA Finals run at the Orlando “Bubble” complex, having an All-Star season and an All-NBA season. The Slovenian guard’s production dipped the following season. Injury problems ensued, and he was eventually dealt to the Raptors in a sign-and-trade deal. Kyle Lowry With the Heat in the 2021 season.
Last year, Dragic appeared in five games with Toronto before agreeing to leave the club, which sought a suitable trade. The 36-year-old was traded to the Spurs and negotiated a buyout with San Antonio, then joined the Nets as a free agent.
In 16 games with Brooklyn, including six starts, Dragic averaged 7.3 PPG, 4.8 APG and 3.2 RPG, posting .376/.245/.739 shooting splits. While his assist and rebounding numbers were in line with his career averages of 4.8 APG and 3.1 RPG, his scoring performance was well below his 14-year career average of .460/.362/13.7 PPG across 25.5 MPG for Brooklyn. 767 shooting.
The addition of Dragic marks Chicago’s fourth free agent signing of the season. The team agreed to re-sign the All-Star shooting guard Zach LaVine For the maximum deal, a deep bench presence is brought forward Derrick Jones Jrand will add a passenger presence center Andre Drummond To increase its regeneration.
Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype observes (via Twitter), thanks to Dragic’s minimum salary contract, the Bulls are now roughly $1.7MM short of the luxury tax this season, carrying 15 players on guaranteed contracts. Goslan says Chicago has about $7MM left over from the non-taxpayer mid-level exemption.
And the Bulls roster changes are more likely to come via trade than free agency. To add another free agent, a current bullpen with a guaranteed salary must be traded or waived to open up a roster spot now. The team has a $5MM trade exception that expires after July 7.
If the Bulls make a deal, it will likely involve their backcourt depth. The group adds to the group of guards already included Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, Oh dearAnd Kobe WhiteBall’s health heading into next season remains a question mark.
Casey Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago The team expects this current roster to remain intact for training camp in the fall, though he admits the team has additional guards.
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