NBA Rumors: Bulls to let Joakim Noah walk if they draft Domantas Sabonis?

NBA Rumors: Bulls to let Joakim Noah walk if they draft Domantas Sabonis?

The Chicago Bulls is entering the 2016 NBA draft with the 14th overall pick and the chance to select a vital piece for the team’s future. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Bulls may be interested in drafting Domantas Sabonis as a replacement for Joakim Noah.

Chicago was considered a playoff contender to start the 2015-16 NBA season but they flamed out in the final stretch run and failed to qualify for the postseason. The team has been involved in a lot of rumors lately, mostly about their star players Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler.

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The Bulls also have free agents to worry about like Joakim Noah, who is considered the heart of the team. He had a very forgettable season because he only played in 29 games due to two shoulder injuries.

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According to Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation, the Bulls front office should take a good look at Domantas Sabonis, the son of basketball Hall of Famer Arydas Sabonis. Domantas stands 6-foot-10 and weighs 240 pounds equipped with NBA-ready body and strength.

“Sabonis is not a rim protector in the traditional sense, but he might bring something even more valuable in today’s NBA: the lateral quickness to defend the perimeter,” O’Donnell wrote.

The Gonzaga product also has great touch around the rim, an okay jump shot and a very solid passer. However, he has short arms for his size and is not athletic.  Nonetheless, Sabonis has the potential to become a leader for the Bulls if they decide to let Noah walk in free agency.

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The 31-year-old Noah is set to become an unrestricted free agent and teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers have been linked with him. In nine seasons with the Bulls, Noah became a two-time All-Star, an All-NBA First Teamer and the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year.

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