The Chicago Bulls haven’t made a splash in free agency this year. It’s not a huge surprise considering their salary cap situation. Instead, vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas focused on improving the team’s depth. First-round pick Dalen Terry gives them a much-needed defensive presence at guard. Then veteran Andre Drummond arrived from Brooklyn to help their front court with his strong rebounding presence.

Then the order of the day was to see if they could improve their shooting. Here, Karnisovas got an assistant from Bulls center Nikola Vucevic who recruited former All-Star Goran Dragic to join the team. The Athletic’s Sham Charania has revealed the deal is for one year at $2.9 million. Last season was unusual for the 36-year-old, averaging .254 from three-point range. He was much better in 2020-21 when he averaged 0.373. Combine that with his 4+ assists per game, and the Bulls may have gotten not only the necessary depth behind Lonzo Ball, but also an excuse to finally trade Coby White.

The Chicago Bulls have lost patience with White.

The former 7th overall pick was supposed to have made progress in his career now. Instead, he seemed to regress last season with fewer points, rebounds and assists per 36 minutes played. His shot wasn’t reliable enough and he was downright a handicap for the defense. He couldn’t do it every time the Bulls needed him to step in in big games. Although he is only 22 years old, the reality is Karnisovas, and the new regime is tired of waiting.

Dragic’s arrival gives them the insurance policy needed to trade White elsewhere. It’s almost guaranteed that there will be a handful of teams interested in him. He could help the Chicago Bulls add another veteran piece they need in the front court or more draft capital. Dragic is a temporary solution, it’s true. That’s enough, however. He can be a reliable fallback option if Ball isn’t 100% after his knee injury last year. Getting 20-25 minutes a night with around 8-10 points and 4-5 assists would be great.

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