Chicago bulls 2018-2019 free agency outlook role players

Of course, Chicago signed Jabari Parker to a two year-$40 million contract. From the outskirts, that deal looks heavy and burdening. However, the deal is highly incentivized. If the injury-prone (two ACL tears in three years is noteworthy) doesn’t show flashes or doesn’t dress–or worse undergoes another major knee injury–then Gar/Pax will walk away from the contract unscathed.

Unfortunately, Parker forces management in a bind if he averages 16-18 points (like Lavine) and exhibits flashes of the potential of his 20 point scoring. The latter is more probable. After all, there was a moment his offensive dexterity was once likened to Carmelo Anthony and Paul Pierce. In spite of being widely misused in a stagnant Bucks offense, Jabari got the chance to redeem himself–for an especially extravagant, albeit rental cost.


Signing Jabari Parker means Chicago won’t be making any consequential noise on the free agency market this summer. Jabari, being 19.5% of the cap and the highest paid employee of the Bulls, adds to a declining 2018-2019 cap space. Being that the cap space for this year was set at $99.093 million, the Parker signing carries us over at $102.577 million. Keep in mind that the luxury tax threshold stands at $119,266,000, so we have substantial wiggle room before penalties are inflicted. Of course, management would not touch that figure, being that we are not contending.

Four players come off the books after this year; Bobby Portis, Robin Lopez, Justin Holiday, Cameron Payne, and possibly (depending on how he performs) Parker. Portis seems like a longtime Bull, similar to Taj Gibson, he will most likely look for a similar $8 million per year deal. Lopez, a Hoiberg favorite, could be in the $10 million over two years range that should at least make management think twice. Personally, I don’t think fans would be content with that signing. Cameron Payne, who was once touted the point guard of the future, has proven to be a minimum player at best and two-way player at worse. Holiday, who had the (relative) makings of a breakout season, should command something between Gerald Green (1 year-$2.4 million) and an Ed Davis (1 year-$4.4 million) contract. A bargain one-year deal for a league-average backup could be worth it in the case they let Jabari walk.

That being said, this year’s free agency signings are nearly incomparable to next years. Next Summer, salary cap space skyrockets to $101.869 million, while the luxury tax line moves up to $123.733 million. On paper, there is $26,218,046 million in cap space next Summer if they do decide to keep Jabari Parker. That money could be used to splurge on a max player and some role players. Notably, the Bulls have an $8.9 million trade exception, received for trading Mirotic to the Pelicans they would dole out as well.

Harris can put the ball on the floor like a guard. If he’s guarded by a bigger body, he can utilize his surprising quickness to speed by on his way to a finesse layup. His 9.2 drives per game ranked 8th for forwards who appeared in at least 50 games. To put that number into perspective, Paul George, Will Barton, and even C.J. McCollum drove to the hoop at a lesser rate.

Despite being shipped left and right to a new situation (Harris was even traded in his rookie year) Harris makes an improved and lasting impact on each team he dresses for. Once the former Tennessee standout was jettisoned from Milwaukee to Orlando, Rob Hennigan quickly realized his dexterity surpassed his minute output in Milwaukee. With an uptick in minutes, Harris averaged close to 16 points and 7 rebounds per game under Scott Skiles. During that time, Harris never found his jumper. He shot a meager 30.6% on 642 shots. Never finding a three-point shot he didn’t like, defenders would allow Harris jack up three’s like a reincarnation of Josh Smith. The inability to shoot–and even be respected from deep–made his game decidedly mortal.

He finds cutting players at ease. He backs out the ball as to get the better angle for the ‘mouse-in-the-house situation’ in the paint. The former Timberwolf realizes who he’s up against (namely Carmelo Anthony) and slithers by for an ambidextrous one-legged and one-armed finger roll. He ball-fakes to slips on screens, just so he can dart the ball cross-court to a knockdown-three point shooter, Joe Ingles. The Spaniard stays within himself, realizing he’s a career 32.5% three-point shooter.

First, the game has changed tremendously, even from 2009. The 2009-10 Orlando Magic–first in threes–would land 21st (right above the Bulls for those wondering) in 2017-18. Tyreke was great his rookie year, no doubt about it. Yet, Tyreke’s game stayed old-school while the league went through growing pains. Like a mathematical graphing problem, Evans’ game negatively correlated to a changing game.

His statistics were on a downfall ever since his standout rookie year. Weight gains, locker room troubles, and missed jump-shots permeated his first 7 years. In those 7 seasons, his points per game vacillated from 20.1 to 16.6, then all the way down to 9.5 points in his last season in New Orleans. He had his last go-round in Sacramento, averaging 11.6 points in about 22 minutes. He could have gone to China to become a legend, but instead signed a 1 year-$3.4 million, his value hitting a metamorphic rock bottom.

On the Bulls, he would be utilized as a three-point threat and a secondary creator. Beside Marc Gasol, Evans was able to create space and get him his shots. Fundamentally, he would do the same for Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen. If Chicago does retain the same roster next season, they will need to add a secondary passer. Trusting Dunn, is a risky endeavor and while Lavine can pass, he still is not a natural passer. His 1.66 assist/turnover ratio is mediocre–at best–for a player with the ball in his hands so often.

Theoretically, Evans would bump Lavine down to the bench. Bringing Lavine off the bench could be beneficial to the team. Believe it or not, his most efficient season came when he came off the bench for 59 games. He would thrive in a Jamal Crawford-type role while Evans adds consistent shooting and passing to the starting lineup. J.J. Redick

Once upon a time, J.J. Redick was going to be a Bull. That was back in 2010 when Chicago had league MVP Derrick Rose, high post presence Carlos Boozer, and point center Joakim Noah. Management wanted to form a pair of shooters; Redick and Kyle Korver, around its scorers. Drive and kicks and low-post touches would inevitably open the floor for the two shooters. As well, the shooters would spread the lane for the drivers to attack vulnerable defenses, a symbiotic relationship of sorts.