Recently, the Chicago Bulls resigned Nikola Vucevic to a three-year $60 million deal. This contract will keep him on the team through the 2025-26 season, and he will hit free agency as an unrestricted free agent in the 2026 off-season.
Last season, Vucevic started in all 82 games as the Bulls’ center. He would average 17.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 52.0% from the field and 34.9% from three. He is a very solid all-around player for the Bulls, and he will play a big role once again for the team in the 2023-24 season.
However, some have brought up the question of if resigning him was the right move for Chicago. While no one is trying to say that Vucevic did not deserve the deal that he received, the question does have some merit. Currently, the Bulls are in a very odd spot.
While they have some very talented players, it is clear that they are nowhere near being able to compete for an NBA title. With Lonzo Ball likely to be out for the year, with a knee injury, the Bulls will be lucky to make it out of the play-in tournament. By no means would Ball have made the team title contenders, he would have had a huge positive impact on the team if he were able to take the court.
Without Ball, the Bulls have a huge hole at the point guard position, and with Demar Derozan aging, Chicago may have to go into a rebuild. As a result of this, they would have no need for a veteran player like Vucevic that would be a better fit for a contending team.
At the very least, if the Bulls do find themselves struggling through the first half of the season, they could flip their veteran players for draft capital and begin their rebuild. With Vucevic having such a great skillset for this era, a contending team would likely give up a fair amount to add him to their roster.
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