So here’s what we have so far: the Chicago Bulls need shooting, veteran leadership and depth in the frontcourt. There’s one underrated free agent who could provide all of this for the team: Atlanta Hawks big man Dewayne Dedmon.
Once a little-used reserve, Dedmon has transformed his game into a 3-point shooting specialist. In his first four seasons, he attempted just one shot from beyond the arc, a miss. The last two seasons combined, he has hoisted 358 3-point attempts. In 2018-19, Dedmon shot 38.2 percent from long range while posting 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per game.
Dedmon was a valuable player for the Hawks, contributing a 104.88 pace, 60.2 percent true shooting percentage and 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.
The former USC product will turn 30 years old in August and is coming off a two-year, $14.1 million pact with Atlanta. He may be looking for some longevity on his new deal, but the free agent-to-be has proven he can adapt his game and would a solid rotational player behind Carter in the frontcourt.
While there are other names out there that could prove valuable to the Chicago Bulls like Patrick Beverley, Kevon Looney, Taj Gibson and Terrence Ross, these five give the Bulls a bargain value with the ability to carve out niche roles with the team.
If the Bulls want to make the jump to playoff status next season, finding quality role players is essential. They just might need to do it without superstar additions.