Plenty plagues the Bulls.
But perhaps one way to improve the deteriorating on-court dynamic between Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler would be to slide Butler back to his more natural position of small forward, not to mention inject some much needed athleticism into the rotation.
Along those lines, the Bulls have done their due diligence on multiple wing players in advance of Thursday's NBA draft. Barring a trade, the Bulls own the 14th and 48th picks.
Here are four players that the Bulls either have worked out, interviewed or both that should be available at 14. All of them challenge the typical profile of this management team's preferred draftee in that they're young and raw. The comments are compiled from conversations with scouts and team executives:
Dejounte Murray, Washington
He's 19 with just one season of college experience, but the Seattle native who attended the same high school as Jamal Crawford is a 6-foot-5 combo guard with a large wingspan and sublime ball-handling ability. Despite needing to add strength, one Western Conference executive noted a strong rebounding knack for his position. He's not considered a great shooter, but his athleticism is unquestioned. He likely has the most upside of this group.
Malachi Richardson, Syracuse
Another one-and-done guard who turned 20 in January, Richardson at 6-6 and 200 pounds possesses the prototypical shooting guard body. His 7-foot wingspan likely has Jerry Krause apoplectic even in retirement. He's a streaky shooter but also considered a well-rounded offensive player. One Eastern Conference scout loved his defensive footwork and lack of fear of mixing it up at that end. His ballhandling isn't efficient enough to alleviate Rose's load. But he is strong enough to finish at the rim through contact.
Malik Beasley, Florida State
He also owns just one season of college experience and won't turn 20 until November. But he consistently showed his ability to be an efficient scorer with strong shot selection. He has proven to be only a decent 3-point shooter and the longer NBA distance could challenge that further. His athleticism allows him to rebound and push the ball on his own. He isn't considered a strong playmaker for others and one scout said he isn't typically comfortable driving to the rim. But his all-around scoring ability projects to the next level.
Timothe Luwawu, France
At 21, he's older but still raw after playing in Serbia last season before an ankle injury sidelined him. He's considered a decent shooter but a very athletic project one scout compared to Thabo Sefolosha. He didn't shoot a great percentage from the free-throw line, which exacerbates his difficulties finishing at the rim. But he's considered a very strong and willing passer and projects to be able to guard multiple positions.
Layups: Positive talks to hire Travelle Gaines as strength coach working with Chip Schaefer broke down, sources said. Gaines is a successful independent trainer with ties to Jimmy Butler and has added Tony Snell and Taj Gibson to his client list that previously featured multiple NFL Pro Bowlers, including the Bears' Kyle Long. … Thursday's draft picks, Bobby Portis and others will open NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas against the Celtics on July 9. The Bulls also play the 76ers on the 10th and Spurs on the 12th before beginning tournament play. They're guaranteed at least five games overall.