Bulls camp questions: Will Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic fix the needs?

TThis week, NBC Sports Chicago will consider four of the biggest questions facing Chicago Bulls When they start training camp.

We have already explored issues Health Lonzo Bowl (story published before Wednesday’s news that the ball will need another knee procedure), Developed by Patrick Williams And the Zach Lavigne’s predictions beyond the maximum contract.

The last in the series: Have informal management moves done enough to meet the team’s needs?

After a disappointing first-round loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Bulls’ off-season to-do list looked fairly straightforward.

Keep Zach LaVine. Work on the margins to complement the core continuity that management has publicly and consistently announced since February. Add shooting and edge protection.

examines. examines. And the . . . is determined?

LaVine’s five-year contract re-signing of a maximum of $215 million cannot be overstated in terms of its significance. Not only does it keep in the fold an explosive sports scorer who has continually improved his game, but it provides the franchise’s stability and a clear centerpiece that connects the bulls’ present, in veterans DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevich, and future in Patrick Williams, Ayo Dosunmu and Dalen Terry.

As for working on the sidelines, you’d be hard-pressed to find stronger veteran signings from quarterback Andre Drummond and goalkeeper Goran Dragic, especially for a franchise that seemed bent on staying under the luxury tax.

But do Drummond and Dragić specifically address the needs for improved marksmanship and edge protection, does the administration itself need to make public?

Still one of the best characters of his generation, Drummond has entered Year 11 and has settled comfortably in a backup role. In stints with Philadelphia and Brooklyn last season, he found ways to positively impact the game whether he started or came off the bench.

And while he possesses defensive mobility and has averaged 1.5 blocks during his career, he has never been known as an elite edge guard. However, Bulls believe they have enough positional size to play multiple formations and still be effective in defense.

As for Dragić, it’s useful to remember that the Bulls first targeted Danilo Galinari, who instead signed with the Boston Celtics. Since then, Gallinari has ruptured his left anterior cruciate ligament while playing for Italy during the Basketball World Cup qualifier match.

Gallinari, who played for Billy Donovan in Oklahoma City, is 38.2 percent from 3-pointers at 5.1 attempts per game. Dragić, entering his 15th season, shot 36.2 percent in 3.4 attempts per game.

The Bulls attempted 28.8 only 3 points per game last season, 30th in the NBA. They communicated 36.9 percent, which is the fourth best player in the league.

Especially with ball debuts being delayed, it won’t be Dragić’s turn to just shoot three-pointers. He will be tasked with managing the team and serving as a veteran mentor for Dosnumu and Coby White, the latter of whom will have to play a crucial role in expanding the Bulls’ reimbursement.

Management worked on the margins because they believed in the core that produced a leading record in the Eastern Conference for much of last season. Basic Continuity has taken a hit with the latest ball injury news.

Drummond and Dragic are both strong signings. Whether or not they tackle immediate problem areas — like when DeMar DeRozan’s arrival helped elevate the team’s free-throw attempts — remains to be seen.

On paper, the Eastern Conference improved. Soon, the games will tell us if the bulls have done it.

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