There is no debating it, and Lonzo Ball knows it: The Chicago Bulls went to work during the 2021 NBA offseason.
After a 31-41 finish to their 2020-21 season, which left them eleventh in the Eastern Conference and without the possibility of a playoff appearance, the newly revamped front office knew they had to make some major changes. While coming into the year naming Arturas Karnisovas as executive vice president of basketball operations and replacing Jim Boylen with Billy Donovan was absolutely a step in the right direction, keeping the prior roster mostly intact, did not cut it.
Between having too often to rely on Ryan Arcidiancono and Coby White to play floor generals, holding onto a crunch-time liability in Denzel Valentine, and hoping for better hands out of Cristiano Felicio, there was only so much that squad as constructed, could accomplish.
So come August, the Bulls hit the ground running, determined to make the most out of 2021 Free Agency – and they succeeded.
Now there are a handful of moves that Chicago should be applauded for, including signing DeMar DeRozan, a veteran that many other teams (most notably the Miami Heat) were also gunning after. The four-time NBA All-Star may be 32-years-old, but he certainly still has plenty of gas left in his tank.