Arturas Karnisova comes from the Denver Nuggets where he did a solid job building up that team in the draft plus with some trades. The Bulls have needed help in this area for almost two decades. John Paxson who previously had the job since 2003 and bonehead number two at GM Gar Forman and it has been a disaster. Now don’t get me wrong the Bulls made some runs in the Gar/Pax era. We all know we have drafted some decent players. Case in point, The Windy City Assassin himself Derrick Rose and Jimmy “Buckets” Butler. But you also need free agents to add to your draft picks. This was something Gar/Pax could NEVER do. When Carlos Boozer and 35-year-old Pau Gasol are your biggest acquisitions that’s a big problem.
The Bulls are in a new era now and hopefully, we can see real success with the change as we did with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks!
So what does Arturas Karnisovas need to do from the day he starts?
Now, remember this is all my opinion so some may agree on some points and others might disagree!
One thing I feel at least 90% of us Bulls fans agree with is that Jim Boylen needs to be FIRED! Coach Jim Boylen should have never been given an extension while being in interim coach and to be honest, this was something that I believe finally made Jerry Reinsdorf finished with Gar/Pax. Boylen is useless as head coach. He can’t set up a decent lineup, he doesn’t know how to utilize the players he has, and he has no clue what to do when he has a big lead nor when the game is on the line! He has had issues with Bulls superstar Zach Lavine. This stems from Boylenm calling late timeouts with the game far out of reach.
The Bulls have a bright future and a good young core. Zach Lavine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White, Wendell Carter Jr. and possibly Otto Porter Jr. provide the Bulls with immense talent. Porter Jr. has a huge contract and has been hurt his entire time with the Bulls. He has very little trade value outside of the fact that he has an expiring contract (which is also valuable for the Bulls). Porter could land a draft asset or two near the trade deadline.
Talented Young Core
The Bulls have the young core going forward and they will have cap space to bring in a free agent or two. Are we going to land Anthony Davis? No. I don’t expect that. However, as we add talent through the draft bringing in a player like Gordon Heyward to stretch the floor and provide shooting would be big. I would love to bring in Brandon Ingram, who just played in his first All-Star game in 2020. He is a restricted free agent and I would imagine the Pelicans will match any offer he gets.
But, before that, the Bulls need to bring in a new GM. Somebody who is respected around the league and will be able to bring in a big-name free agent when they are available. Michael Finley’s name has been brought up and I think he can be a perfect fit. I feel with Alturas, a new GM, and new coach can definitely bring in top tier free agents in the next few years!
This is a fun time to be a Bulls fan and we haven’t been able to say that in a while.
We have a fresh start finally! Gar/Pax is GONE!!! Welcome to Chicago Arturas Karnisova let’s bring the team and city back to Championship prominence!