REPORT: Bulls expected to pursue Talen Horton-Tucker in free agency

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The Chicago Bulls are going to be busy this offseason as they look to push themselves back into serious contention in the Eastern Conference. With a top duo of Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic, the Bulls now need to add more talent around their star tandem. One player they are expected to target this offseason in NBA free agency is Los Angeles Lakers’ impending free agent guard Talen Horton-Tucker.

Horton-Tucker would be a very intriguing free agency target for the Bulls. They need more help in the back-court, but many are connecting them to the likes of Dennis Schroder or Kemba Walker.

A source said that the Bulls love the talent and potential that Horton-Tucker possesses and believe that he can be a long-term fit alongside LaVine and Vucevic.

During the 2020-21 NBA season with the Lakers, Horton-Tucker ended up averaging 9.0 points per game to go along with 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds. He shot 45.8 percent from the floor and knocked down 28.2 percent of his three-point attempts. Those numbers show a lot of talent, although he needs to put in a lot of work on his perimeter shooting to take the next step on the offensive end of the floor.

He only averaged 20.1 minutes per game, which shows that he can put up numbers in very little playing time. With the Bulls, he would likely up that playing time in a big way. Chicago might even view him as a potential starter.

Billy Donovan and the Bulls are not terribly far away from being a playoff caliber team in the East. If they can add a talent like Talen Horton-Tucker and a few other quality role players to the roster, they will be tough to beat. Chicago is slowly building themselves back up and the fans should be excited to see what their team does this offseason.

Plenty of other teams will line up with interest in signing Horton-Tucker to an offer sheet. The Lakers will have the opportunity to match any offer thrown his way, but if a team comes in with a lucrative offer, he could be on his way out of L.A.

Expect to see the Bulls take a long look at THT this offseason. He may not end up landing in Chicago, but the fit seems intriguing and could make a ton of sense for both parties involved.