Bulls Free Agency Day 1 Recap

The Chicago Bulls are not having a dream-like offseason. Far from it, actually. After trading Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round pick to the New York Knicks in exchange for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant, fans felt deflated in the organization and angry with management. That trade overshadowed the other trade the front office pulled the trigger on that's actually decent: they sent Cameron Bairstow, who was never going to see the light of day here in Chicago, to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie.

The dust has settled on those trades, and here we are in free agency, where the Bulls have around $25 million in cap space. It appears that none of the space will be used to bring Joakim Noah back to Chicago as it is all-but a foregone conclusion that Noah will come to an agreement with the previously mentioned New York Knicks.



With Pau Gasol reportedly telling management that he will not re-sign with Chicago and fielding interest from teams like San Antonio and Portland and E'Twaun Moore already fielding heavy interest from many teams, the Bulls seemingly have little options available.

Harrison Barnes is reportedly in town for a meeting with management, Barnes' first meeting of the offseason. Barnes is one of the most sought-after free agents on the market this offseason, so the Bulls can expect to be a guppy in a big sea. The Bulls are also currently showing interest in shooting guard Dion Waiters of the Oklahoma City Thunder. They see Waiters as a nice young piece to back up Jimmy Butler. If they miss out on Waiters, they will likely go after former Tyler Johnson, shooting guard for the Miami Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The Bulls are also in the field for small forward Evan Turner, formerly of the Boston Celtics. Turner is also fielding interest from other teams, most notably the New Orleans Pelicans. Chicago is also showing mild interest in Maurice Harkless according to Alex Kennedy. Harkless is a small forward for the Portland Trail Blazers. Chicago is reportedly expected to sit out the first wave of free agency and look for bargains throughout the next couple of days, so time will tell on how much interest Chicago has in these players.

Having missed out on a few key free agents, the Bulls are reportedly pursuing former Indiana Pacers swingman Solomon Hill. The Bulls will be competing with the Utah Jazz (who need a replacement if Gordon Hayward leaves) and the Memphis Grizzlies (who are looking for insurance in case they miss out on Chandler Parsons).

On another note, the Miami Heat are reportedly very interested in veteran swingman Mike Dunleavy Jr. if they miss out on other free agents.