3. Bring in more quality veteran leadership
It’s well established how young this roster is. Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr. and Kris Dunn are all under the age of 26. Their most senior presence was Robin Lopez, who at 31, was the oldest player on the roster.
For the team to transition from a perennial lottery team to playoff contender, one key factor will be veteran leadership. It just so happens that one beloved former Bull will be a free agent this summer and would be a perfect fit for this squad. No, it’s not Jimmy Butler, who apparently was in Chicago having dinner with Boylen this week. It’s not even Derrick Rose, though his return wouldn’t be a complete surprise. It’s current Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson.
There’s not much GarPax can do to win back any semblance of respect from most of their haters, but bringing back Gibson, shipped away in the deal that brought in Payne, would be a popular move.
The Bulls need strong voices in the locker room, as well as on the court to mentor their young guys and instill a work ethic that at times has been lacking. Taj Gibson could be the perfect man for the job.
Other potential veteran additions include Tyson Chandler, Darren Collison, Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick. The Bulls should look to add players who can still perform on the court but be a strong presence off of it.