How Detroit Ever(sley) May Help The Bulls!

Since three of my favorite teams were sent home a couple weeks ago and the other two are playing each other in the Conference Semi-Finals I am barely watching the playoffs. As a result, my next few articles will be about the NBA Draft Combine as it relates to the picks and moves three of my favorite teams will be making. Today’s article will of course be about my favorite team… the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls were in the Draft Lottery on Sunday. They got the eleventh pick. Two days later news came out that Bulls General Manager Marc Eversley is being considered for the opening at the top in Detroit as President of Basketball Operations. If he were to leave town for Detroit that would change Arturas Karnisovas early summer plans since he would have to find a new GM to work under him or assume the role himself before the draft.

For me, this is reminiscent of what happened on Chicago’s North Side just a few years ago when Theo Epstein left suddenly and Jed Hoyer was promoted. The difference is Theo was leaving to find his next mountain to climb while Marc would be leaving to get to the top of the mountain he is already climbing and join the big boys as a decision maker for a struggling team.

In reality, it might not be the worst thing for Eversley to move on to a presidents role elsewhere. Why you ask? Simple. This would allow him to take Lonzo Ball and Zach LaVine to Detroit with him freeing up cap space for the Bulls to retool and build around Nikola Vucevic, Alex Caruso, and Coby White.

Here’s the thing folks: Karnisovas and Eversley have been banking on Ball returning to full strength since the end of the 2022-2023 season and it has not happened. It is looking more and more likely that even if he does come back he wont be able to play at the top of his game ever again. This means it is time for Eversley to step up and take the blame for not taking the Disability Claim to relieve cap space and have room to get other players in the United Center to help the Bulls compete. That said, it is my understanding that his chance to file the claim passed last off season. Leaving only the option of a complete rebuild unless he were to leave and trade with the Bulls to bring Ball with him wherever he goes.

With that… it’s going to be an interesting summer on Chicago’s West Side.

If you cannot play with them, then root for them.

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