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Will Bulls find a shooter in the draft?

June, 20, 2013
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As the Chicago Bulls watch the NBA Finals unfold, one deficiency on their roster has become more pronounced than ever -- the lack of a consistent three-point shooter on the roster.

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Rob Grabowski/USA TODAY SportsA veteran three-point shooter such as Kyle Korver appears to be too expensive for the Bulls.
San Antonio's Danny Green and Gary Neal have rained down important triples alongside Miami's Ray Allen and Mike Miller throughout the series. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has to watch these games and wonder about his own squad and how it address the problem. As a team, the Bulls struggled to find any consistency beyond the arc all season, finishing in a tie for 20th in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers, shooting 35.3 percent from three-point range.

After trading Kyle Korver so that they wouldn't go deep into the luxury tax last summer, the Bulls have not had a consistent threat to hit from the outside. Marco Belinelli was supposed to be that guy, but he struggled, shooting just 35.7 percent from three-point range. He had a nice season for the Bulls but he did not provide the kind of outside shooting touch the Bulls were hoping for.

Daequan Cook was signed midway through the year, but he struggled to make open looks and shot just 28.6 percent from three-point range.

Meanwhile, Korver shot 45.7 percent from beyond the arc, which was good for second-best in the NBA behind Jose Calderon. Korver is the one many fans would love to see back in a Bulls uniform next season, and he has expressed several times how much he would love to play for Thibodeau and the Bulls again. But a reunion appears unlikely at this point. Korver made $5 million last season and unless he is willing to take a serious pay cut after such a productive season, he will probably play elsewhere.

The Bulls must find shooters to space the floor around Derrick Rose to maximize their potential as a group. But if Korver doesn't end up coming back to Chicago, where else could the Bulls find a long-range threat? The biggest issue is that they don't have the cap space to sign almost anyone of consequence. The best shooters in the game are either locked up in contracts already or will be looking for more than the Bulls can offer given their cap situation.

The only other place Bulls general manager Gar Forman can look for help is in the draft. Let's take a look at a few of the possibilities the Bulls could go after next Thursday with the 20th selection.

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Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
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AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
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