Chicago Bulls: 3 remedies to return to playoff contention

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1. Solve the point guard dilemma

This is the most obvious and most discussed focus area of the Chicago Bulls’ upcoming offseason. The writing has been on the wall since last summer when reports surfaced that the front office was supposedly unhappy with Kris Dunn‘s work ethic and flirted with the idea of drafting a point guard in the 2018 NBA Draft.

One way or another, it looks likely that the Bulls will address the position this summer. Whether they do it through the NBA Draft or free agency is the question. It’s possible they may do both, bringing in a young point guard through the draft and a veteran as a mentor.

There have been reports linking the Bulls to North Carolina guard Coby White, a downhill, score-first type of point guard. Whether he’d make a great backcourt tandem with LaVine remains to be seen, as he’s not really the playmaking type (at least at this point).

Of course, they don’t need to draft a point guard, especially if they choose to go the free agency route. They could chase after Nets restricted free agent D’Angelo Russell, or Milwaukee Bucks restricted free agent Malcolm Brogdon, but either team could match any offer the Bulls present.

Patrick Beverley would provide the team with the toughness they’ve been lacking on the defensive end of the floor, supply tenacity and should be available on a reasonable contract.

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The Chicago Bulls have had two miserable rebuilding seasons, neither of which was unexpected. At some point though, the focus needs to shift from tanking to contending. This summer should provide a real indication of how close the front office believes this roster is to either the former or the latter.