Chicago Bulls GM Admits Current Roster Has Not Worked Out as Planned

Chicago Bulls GM Karnisovas admits current roster not working, plans roster overhaul in offseason to compete for playoffs again.

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Chicago Bulls GM Admits Current Roster Has Not Worked Out as Planned

Chicago Bulls GM Admits Current Roster Has Not Worked Out as Planned

Chicago Bulls General Manager Arturas Karnisovas acknowledged that the team's current roster, assembled three years ago, has not lived up to expectations following consecutive sub-.500 seasons and Play-In Tournament exits at the hands of the Miami Heat. In a recent statement, Karnisovas took full responsibility for the team's mediocre performance and hinted at impending changes to the roster.

The Bulls' struggles have been evident, with their 112-91 loss to the Heat in the 2023-24 season-ending defeat being particularly rough for fans. The Heat went on a 19-0 run in the second half to break the game open, leaving head coach Billy Donovan to describe the games as "ugly" and "grind-out."

Karnisovas recognized that the core he built is not working and stated, "The formula we came up with three years ago is not working. We've been completely mediocre. I'm not here to stay in the middle. I will have to find answers in the offseason." The Bulls GM expressed openness to making deals to improve the team and plans to be more aggressive in the upcoming offseason to find ways to generate an additional 10 wins and compete for a playoff spot.

Despite the team's disappointing performances, Karnisovas expressed confidence in re-signing veteran forward DeMar DeRozan, who has been a key part of the team's core since joining in 2021. The Bulls recently offered DeRozan a two-year, $80 million deal, but the real disagreement lies in the length of the contract, with DeRozan seeking more years and security.

Why this matters: The Chicago Bulls' struggles and admission by their GM highlight the challenges of building a competitive roster in the NBA. The team's future direction and potential roster moves will be closely watched by fans and analysts alike, as they attempt to turn things around and become a playoff contender once again.

Looking ahead, the Bulls are at a crossroads as they evaluate their options. Zach LaVine's free agency looms large over the team, and they are open to finding a new home for their maximum-salaried player. Karnisovas acknowledged the need to be creative within the salary-cap constraints and outlined his approach to the luxury tax, stating that he would only be willing to go into it if the team is poised to be a top-4 seed in the East. The upcoming offseason will be crucial for the Bulls as they look to address key issues, such as LaVine's contract and Lonzo Ball's injury concerns, in their quest to improve the team's performance and competitiveness.

Key Takeaways

  • Bulls GM Karnisovas acknowledges current roster has not met expectations.
  • Karnisovas takes responsibility and hints at roster changes this offseason.
  • Bulls offer DeMar DeRozan 2-year, $80M deal, but disagree on contract length.
  • Zach LaVine's free agency and Lonzo Ball's injury concerns loom large.
  • Karnisovas willing to go into luxury tax only if Bulls are top-4 seed in East.