Bulls Podcast #36

It’s the Chicago Bulls Podcast #36 with Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. We’ve got Patrick Beverley leaning toward Chicago, Bulls Sign Roy Rogers, NBA Draft Workouts and 2nd Round Evaluations and NBA Free Agent Rumors.

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We’ve got several topics for this episode. Including:

  • Patrick Beverley Leaning Toward Chicago
  • Bulls sign Houston Assistant Coach Roy Rogers
  • NBA Draft Workout and Combine Report
  • Free Agent Rumors from Around The League

Patrick Beverley to the Bulls?

We’ve talked about our admiration for Patrick Beverley from the LA Clippers. Even on our earliest shows utilizing the ESPN Trade Machine, Chicago native Patrick Beverley has always been on our radar.

Last week, I noticed on Twitter that there was a Chicago fan that made a brief 20-second video asking Patrick to come home to Chicago and join our young core. Patrick responded by saying “That’s Real” in terms of the emotions displayed by the fan.

So as your Bulls Podcast co-host, I decided to take matters into my own hands and take it up to the next level myself.

I tweeted “Hey @patbev21, as the @bullspodcast co-host, and SoCal resident, I will personally pay for and drive your moving truck from LA to Chicago if you sign with the #Bulls. #SigningBonus #ComeHome” I also included the gif of a classic moment in Chicago where Scottie Pippen pointed at his Air Jordans and did the finger gesture to “come here” in reference to Jordan’s comeback to Chicago.

He responded with 4 sets of “Bug Eyes” as if he was sort of shocked at a fan saying something like that. And I can tell you, with gas at almost $5 a gallon here in California, it wouldn’t be cheap for me to gas up the moving truck and head 2000 miles East to the Windy City!

Not only did he respond, but hundreds of other Bulls fans responded to that retweet asking him to come to Chicago as well. There were also a number of LA Clippers fans that were stunned at the revelation that Beverley might be considering jumping to the Bulls.

I even had some actor threaten that he would try and hijack the truck and drive it back to Chicago. I had a fun laugh at that one.. Like I wouldn’t be fully strapped up riding 2000 miles? Actors somehow think they do things on screen and it translates to real life? Twitter commenters sometimes don’t think.

Then with the news of the Bulls signing Houston Rockets assistant Roy Rogers, Patrick AGAIN tweeted out a set of bug eyes and said “Coach Roy signs with the Bulls, I see you coach” in reference to his old assistant coach in Houston that he previously played under.

He’s currently in Chicago right now as of the time of this recording. His agent Kevin Bradbury also lives in Chicago. Now if these things are not signs that Patrick Beverley wants to be in a Bulls uniform, I don’t know what is. We may find PatBev in a Bulls uniform sooner than we think, and I might have to get my driving snacks ready for a long drive eastward. But hey, that’s what being a Chicago born and raised Bulls fan is all about.

This is complicated by of all things, Kevin Durant. If Durant bails on Golden State and decides to show up Lebron in his own city and building to join Patrick Beverley and the Clippers, this whole scenario is out the window.

Bulls sign Houston Assistant Coach Roy Rogers

The Bulls have made some headlines in the coaching staff department, hiring longtime Houston Rockets assistant Roy Rogers to back up Jim Boylen for the next 3 years. Rogers was a part of building the Rockets defense and had a big influence on Clint Capela’s development as a player. This is something that can definitely rub off on WCJ and Lauri as they continue to develop their skills, especially from the defensive end of the court.

Rogers has also spent time as an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards. He was a first-round draft pick in 1996 and played for the Vancouver Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets, averaging 4.8 points in 137 career games. He also spent time overseas.

Rogers is the second addition to the Bulls’ coaching staff this offseason. The team also added Nets assistant Chris Fleming in May.

NBA Draft Workout and Combine Report

There is not much to report in terms of who the Bulls might draft with the #7 pick. Rumor is that they are already dead set on North Carolina’s Coby White. Following suit with the promise to draft that they made with Chandler Hutchison, it looks like Coby White will be the guy we bring in. unless of course there is a miracle and Jarett Culver falls to #7.

Trading Dunn and #7 for Phoenix’s #6 Pick

There is actually talk going on about swapping picks with Phoenix and we get the #6 pick if one of our guys falls in to #6. Presumably Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter or Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver. But this would involve Chicago giving the Suns Kris Dunn AND the #7 pick to move up one slot in the draft to #6. It might actually be worth it if we know we’re getting rid of Dunn anyway. He would be ideal for Phoenix because he is still on his rookie contract and be of little risk if he didn’t produce.

Second Round

And now I’m going to give a homework assignment to all the fans out there. These are the guys you want to research and check out on YouTube to see who you would like to see the Bulls pick up with that #38 pick. Hopefully we won’t have a Jordan Bell repeat and just deal it out for Cash Considerations. They have had a number of relatively anonymous players come in and work out, presumably guys that would fall in line with the #38 pick that we have in the second round.

To me this is even more fun than scouting out first round picks. There is a limited selection of guys we would call starters from picks 7 down, but in terms of drafting a solid contributing bench player for the Bulls, the right guy could step right in and give the Bulls a huge lift off the bench.

Here are my top 5 draft picks for the second round Bulls Pick at #38

Juwan Morgan – Indiana

Morgan is a 6′ 8″, 232 lbs 4 year senior player that Averaged 15.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2 assists on 55.8 FG%. He does have an issue shooting 3s with just 29.5% 3PT shooting. In many ways, he is reminiscent of a player like PJ Tucker of the Houston Rockets.

Jalen McDaniels – San Diego State

He is a 6’10”, 195 lbs forward. In his last season in college he averaged nearly 16 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.1 assists and overall shot 46.4% and 32% from 3PT. This guy lives above the rim, and reminds me of early Taj Gibson. He has the size and skillset to play multiple positions at the next level. In order to excel in the NBA, he will need to add muscle, improve his defensive footwork and consistently knock down jumpers. Expected to be drafted in the late first round or early second round of the 2019 NBA draft

Jaylen Nowell, Guard – Washington

He’s a 6’4″ guard, 200 lbs and last season he averaged 16.2 PPG, 5.3 REB, 3.1 AST on 50.2 FG%, 77.9 FT% and 44% from 3. He is the PAC-12 player of the year. This guy is a sleeper and will be a future star in the NBA.

NBAdraft.net projects him as the 10th pick in the second round (No. 40 overall) heading to the Sacramento Kings and NBAdraftroom.com has him going to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 43 overall.

Dino Radoncic – SF/PF – San Pablo Burgos (ACB)

If you’re looking for a Luka Doncic high energy game style clone, this is your guy. He’s one of Luka’s best friends and helped dismantle OKC when Real Madrid scrimmaged the OKC Thunder in Spain a few seasons ago.

Dino is 6’8, 225 Lbs, originally from Serbia and plays in the Spanish league. With the way he plays, this could be the second coming of Toni Kukoc.

These European pros have made some really big strides in the NBA, and this guy could be another Doncic or Jokic trend setter. He did list his draft status as a withdrawal from Early Entry in the draft, but as an International player, he has until 10 days prior to draft day to submit his name to the draft. He did do a shoutout to the Bulls after they worked him out, saying “Thank you Chicago Bulls! It was a big honor and privilege! Man, this feels unreal… “ Could the Bulls have convinced Dino to come to the Windy City? I’ve gone back to watch clips from this guy playing 3-4 years ago and playing lights-out. He’s got a lot of NBA potential.

Dylan Windler, SF – Belmont

This is the pure knockdown, drag-out shooter that we need on this team. Windler is a true sleeper in this draft. He’s 6’8″, 200 lbs. He can shoot and score from anywhere on the court. He is the perfect backup to Otto Porter Jr or Chandler Hutchison and will be a starter in this league within the next 2-3 years.

Last year Windler averaged 21.3 points per game, 10.3 Rebounds, and nearly 2 assists per game. His percentages are obscene at 54% FG% overall, 43% from 3PT and an 84.7 FT%.

There is a distinct possibility that Windler will actually still go in the First Round of the NBA Draft. He’s going to be a model of efficiency in the league and any team would be lucky to get him in the second round.

Windler is a popular guy in the NBA Draft world right now. By the time he has finished the six-workout trip he’s on right now, Windler will have worked out for 10 different teams — he has already made stops in Indiana, Utah, Cleveland, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia, and still has trips to Boston, Portland, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and Golden State remaining. That means he may even go in the first round to lower pick teams.

One look at Windler’s shooting numbers in college and you understand why that would be the case. He has been a high-level shooter for three seasons now, and he put an exclamation point on his college career by shooting 43 percent from deep on over seven attempts per game during the 2018-19 season. That is his calling card, and he showed off crazy range and shot diversity in college.

Free Agent Rumors from Around The League

  • Marcus Morris from the Celtics
  • Chris Paul from the Rockets traded for Dunn and Lauri?
  • Patrick Beverley from the Clippers.
  • Ricky Rubio from the Jazz. Ricky has said that the Jazz has told him that he is “not a priority” in terms of resigning with the Jazz in the offseason.
  • Former Bulls Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson.

I have a spreadsheet that is online in Google docs, which you can go to Bullspodcast.com/freeagents and you’ll be able to see all the free agents and where they rank in terms of production. For example, if I were to pull up the spreadsheet and sort it for the best point guard under 30 with the most points and assists, you’d get Ricky Rubio. Check it out for yourself and let us know who you think the best free agent is!

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Remember we’re less than two weeks away (June 20, 2019)  from the NBA draft.

Until next time, Thank you for listening everyone, Go Bulls!