When a team is rebuilding the two main parts to do so are the NBA draft and free agency. The draft has some impressive prospects that can upgrade any team. The Chicago Bulls seek to improve their starting lineup with the no. 7 overall pick and try to find a sleeper with the no. 22 overall pick. Free agency, however, is what the Bulls should use to build the core of the team. The depth of a team is instrumental in getting a championship. The front office for the Chicago Bulls seem to be trying to build a team similar to the current Boston Celtics. A team with great bench depth that even when the stars are injured, the rest of the team can still function well. This type of team can only function at this level with a great coach which the Celtics have in Brad Stevens. Fred Hoiberg, head coach of the Chicago Bulls, has been very questionable. His system is built to create spacing for shooting or open drives for any player rather than favor a few players or positions. Hoiberg has yet to prove himself as a great head coach, but as for now the front office has decided to put faith in him. To create the team the Fred Hoiberg needs, the Bulls need to target three key role players that elevate bench performance.
Rodney Hood has proved himself to be an efficient shooter shooting at 42.9% from field goal and 38.1% from three-point range this past season. His contract was near $3 million this past season and can hopefully be signed for another contract paying the same amount yearly. Rodney Hood has become essential on the Cleveland Cavaliers ever since he was traded. Given the right system and team, Hood has an opportunity to reach a level of bench play similar to Terry Rozier.
Jeff Green, another player from the Cleveland Cavaliers, can elevate the bench as well. The Bulls are lacking in dominant and aggressive players that can take the ball to the hoop. Green gives strong interior play which allows for less coverage on the three-point arc for the main shooters on the team. Jeff Green has impressive defensive ability which is essential for the Bulls. The Bulls were ranked very low defensively and key defensive players can make the team better overall. Green made $2 million last season and can be signed for nearly the same amount.
Luc Mbah a Moute from the Houston Rockets has proved to be an essential shooter of the bench shooting at 36.4% from three-point range. He is also a very good defender which is an impressive feat given that his current coach stresses offense much more than defense. Mbah a Moute is the perfect player to come off the bench and can easily fit into the system of Chicago. Mbah a Moute earned about $2 million in the 2017-18 season and can most likely be resigned for around $5 million to $7 million for next season.
The Chicago Bulls can’t afford not to improve the bench if they want to become a real contender. The starting lineup is very important, but the bench depth is valuable as well. These three players will make great additions to Chicago for a very low price.