Vegas Over/Under: 21.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 20-62 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 lots of young talents who may break out in expeditious fashion, whether Zach LaVine yields from his ACL injury to average 20 points per match or Lauri Markkanen immediately proves he belongs in an NBA starting lineup. Among those point guards may even become a valid asset and make everyone’s lives easier.
But the Dwyane Wade difficulty persists.
The prediction that Chicago will break out of these teens relies on Wade staying with the group; he on the roster. No matter how far he’s declined since his prime years with the Miami Heat, he is still a rather valuable player who might serve as the Bulls’ leading contributor while the youngsters develop.
And making it all the more troubling that the 35-year-old may be gone sooner than later.
ESPN.com’s Nick Friedell explained that a buyout is”inevitable” during an appearance on The Jump, and we’ve already seen the 2-guard inform TMZ Sports he’ll be having dinner with LeBron James, where he will presumably discuss joining the Cleveland Cavaliers later in the year.
Hassan Whiteside is getting in on the action and recruiting the future Hall of Famer back into the Miami Heat, as well.
Wade won’t last a full season with the Bulls, which makes this thin team.