Marko Simonovic Rumors
Do you think that the Bulls will try to re-sign Daniel Theis? — Rudy K. I mentioned in a previous mailbag that he’s expected to draw significant interest, with the Charlotte Hornets one of several teams expected to make a run at him. If the Bulls have Simonović and Thad Young, not to mention Patrick Williams, I don’t see a return.
Are the Bulls signing Marko Simonovic? — Trevor H. All signs point to that transaction occurring once the NBA’s new fiscal year begins in August. His agent posted to Instagram a picture of his client with the words: “One way ticket to Chicago!” Artūras Karnišovas made pretty clear in his end-of-season media availability that Simonović, the team’s 2020 second-round pick, was in the team’s near-future plans. At that time back in May, Karnišovas said a determination on whether that meant the 2021-22 season would be made “in the next couple months.”
Considering I’ve watched Marko Simonovic play live exactly zero minutes, I’m not the expert on this one. People I’ve talked to about him, both inside and outside the organization, suggest he can be a rotation player at least. But they’re just speculating — hopefully in an educated fashion — too. He has to get over here and start the process of acclimating himself to this level.