By Thomas Gibbons
Shams Chariana of The Athletic and Stadium reported Tuesday that the Bulls are one of five teams expected to pursue forward Marcus Morris when free agency starts on June 30th.
The Bulls have expressed the need to bring in veterans to help the young players and work toward getting back to the playoffs. Morris fits the bill. Last season with the Boston Celtics, the 29 year-old averaged 13.1 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game in 75 regular season games. He averaged 13.7 PPG and 8.1 rebounds in nine playoff games. He ranked 12th among power forwards in PPG in the regular season and 16th in field goal percentage during the regular season (44.7%). Based on his numbers, this season was one of his most successful seasons in the NBA.
Looking at the Bulls roster, they need depth in the frontcourt. Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. are your starters. Robin Lopez is a free agent. Cristiano Felicio did not have a major role last season and is a candidate to be waived this offseason. And that is it. Adding Morris and selecting one in the second round gives the Bulls a veteran presence and a young player to develop.
Remember this clip? Morris has swagger and an edge to his game, just the type of energy the Bulls need. And he would be a great mentor to Markkanen and Carter Jr. This is a name to keep an eye on.