5 Mid-Level Free Agent Targets for the Chicago Bulls

5 Mid-Level Free Agent Targets for the Chicago Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls will be looking to upgrade their roster with a big name free agent this summer. Names such as Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and Lance Stephenson have been rumored to be on the team's list for potential inquiry this offseason. But in the scenario that they cannot land that big name, there are a number of other names out there that could immediately improve the Bulls' roster, whether that be through offensive productivity or depth.

5. Trevor Ariza

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5. Trevor Ariza

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After three seasons of mediocre play by his standards, Trevor Ariza had one of his best seasons as a professional during the past season. The veteran winger set a career high in three-point attempts, makes and three-point percentage. He continued his strong play in this year's playoffs. Ariza brought shooting, defensive intensity and experience to a young Washington Wizards team. Pairing him with Jimmy Butler could make for a dangerous tandem.

4. Steve Blake

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4. Steve Blake

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A well respected veteran in this league, Steve Blake could start at the point guard position for multiple teams in this league. However, his age and style of play suits him better for a backup guard/locker room leadership role on a contender. He can come off screens and knock down shots, as well as run any offense. Having him come off the bench behind Derrick Rose would be a win on both sides of the ball for Chicago.

3. Spencer Hawes

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3. Spencer Hawes

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Although Spencer Hawes will most likely be looking for a starting role when he hits the open market this summer, joining a legitimate title contender could sway his decision. Hawes' offensive game is well rounded, as he can score from both the paint and with his jumper, and he could give the Chicago Bulls an offensive jolt so desperately needed. Adding him with Noah and Gibson would allow for a three-man rotation that could give defenses fits.

2. Shaun Livingston

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2. Shaun Livingston

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It's simply remarkable that Shaun Livingston was able to return from his nearly career-ending knee injury, but even more impressive is the player that he has become. Livingston played exceptionally well this season with his ability to drive the lane consistently and defend at a high level. Both of which are tailor-made skills for a Tom Thibodeau type player. A Livingston, Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler combination would be must-see TV.

1. Luol Deng

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1. Luol Deng

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Although this may be a long shot, there is no doubt that Luol Deng never wanted to leave Chicago. And why would he? He was an integral part of the Bulls' success over his nine seasons with the team, including two All-Star appearances. Luckily for the Bulls, his production dropped significantly when he was moved to Cleveland, meaning less money being thrown his way this offseason. That's good news for the Bulls. Was this their plan all along?

Justin Ullestad is a Chicago Bulls writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @justin_ullestad. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.