The Chicago Bulls were one of the worst three-point shooting teams this season, ranking last in both made and attempted three-pointers. That means disaster in the NBA, where the long ball is quickly becoming a key component of winning offenses.
Furkan Korkmaz is a name that has been floating around as a possible free-agent target for the Bulls this offseason. The 25-year-old Turkish shooting guard has shown impressive range and precision with the Philadelphia 76ers in recent years. Nonetheless, his position has dropped significantly this season, creating an opportunity for the Bulls to pursue a trade.
Simple to obtain
Korkmaz’s minutes dropped to 9.5 this season after playing at least 19 minutes in three of the previous four seasons, owing in part to his poor shooting performance last season, when he shot only 38 percent from the field, including 28 percent from three. According to Darnell Mayberry, The Athletic’s Bulls insider, this could be the ideal time for the Bulls to jump in and get him through trade.
“The guy’s just wasting away on the bench,” Mayberry said. “He’s 25 years old, he only makes about $5 million next year. I feel like that’s just an easy piece to go get. And he kills the Bulls, so maybe coming to the United Center will make him feel right at home.”
Season of Redemption
Korkmaz may find the space he requires with the Bulls to find redemption for last season’s setback. The 6-foot-7 shooter is a skilled scorer with the potential to contribute significantly to Chicago’s attack. Even if he doesn’t reach that level, the Bulls are making a low-risk gamble that might reap tremendous benefits.