💬 John Hollinger for The Athletic:
But so far, all the data in Chicago point in the same direction. Seemingly overnight, a soft, vanilla, LaVine-dependent Chicago team from a year ago has been replaced by a part-throwback, part-small ball hybrid that doesn’t shoot 3s and constantly pesters opponents on defense but also plays small and fast and will run you to death if they turn you over.
Saved this quote to post a couple weeks ago, but it’s still relevant. The Bulls three-point shooting is worrying, which is why using Coby as a trade piece for a PF makes me a bit nervous. Unless they can bring in a three-point shooting 4 who isn’t a liability defensively, than I think holding onto Coby as your shooting punch off the bench (a la Lou Will // Jamaal Crawford) is more important.
Which brings me back to my two posts from last night about whether letting Lauri go was the right move or not. He is a liability defensively, but if he is your starting four, Caruso, Coby, PatWil give you a formidable top 8 for the playoffs.
Bulls won’t contend for a championship this year anyways. Find a PF in the off-season who can compete with PatWil for the starting spot, and you build yourself a real formidable 8 while the older guys (DeRozan and Vooch) still have some legs.