Arturas Karnisovas Rumors
Do you think the Bulls will get an extension done with Lauri Markkanen before the Dec. 21 deadline? — @FlyTheWTonight, via Twitter KC Johnson: I do. But I’m also no bueno when it comes to sports predictions. Here’s what I’m basing that guess on: Markkanen and his family love living in Chicago and playing for the Bulls. I’m not saying he’s going to take a massive hometown discount. But I do think long-term security in the place he wants to be may mean something more to him than chasing every last dollar. Couple that with Artūras Karnišovas’ surprising openness about wanting to seal the deal, and I think common ground is found.
But for now, the roster is up to 15 players, with one two-way contract poised to be signed by Devon Dotson and another likely earmarked for restricted free agent Adam Mokoka. It’s been intriguing to analyze Karnišovas’ first personnel moves and see how closely they align with his initial declaration of his preferred style of play and overall philosophy.
The draft grades were not kind to the Bulls and their first-round pick Patrick Williams on Thursday morning. One thing that has become very clear about Arturas Karnisovas, however? The franchise’s new executive vice president of basketball operations really doesn’t care much about your draft-grade opinions.