Vegas Over/Under: 21.5
The Record Projection: 20-62 of fromal The Bet: Under with confidence that is marginal Yes, our record projections just have the Chicago Bulls hitting on the under by 1.5 games. They boast plenty of young talents who could break out in expeditious manner, if Zach LaVine returns from his ACL injury to average 20 points per game or Lauri Markkanen instantly proves he belongs in an NBA starting lineup. One of the point guards may even turn into a legitimate advantage and make everyone’s lives easier.
However, the Dwyane Wade difficulty persists.
The forecast that Chicago will break out of these teenagers relies on Wade staying with the team; he’s currently on the roster. No matter how far he’s declined because his prime years with the Miami Heat, he is still a fairly valuable player who could function as the Bulls’ leading contributor while the youngsters develop.
And that makes it even more troubling that the 35-year-old may be gone.
ESPN.com’s Nick Friedell explained that a buyout is”inevitable” during an appearance on The Jump, and we have seen the 2-guard tell TMZ Sports he’ll be having dinner with LeBron James, where he will presumably discuss joining the Cleveland Cavaliers later in year.
Hassan Whiteside is getting in on the action and recruiting the future Hall of Famer back to the Miami Heat, as well.
Wade will not last a full season with the Bulls, making this team thinner.