Looks like the Chicago Bulls front office won't be just running it back with the same group of players from last season. The Bulls have added Chicago native and former Milwaukee Buck Jevon Carter on a three-year deal worth $20 million dollars, according to K.C. Johnson and was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.
This is a wonderful signing by the Bulls here. Carter helps fill a lot of the weaknesses this Bulls roster has right now: defense and three point shooting. Plus he fills the Chicago native quota with the departure of Patrick Beverly to the 76ers.
Seriously though, Carter is a really nice addition for the Bulls. The former Proviso East guard played 81 games last year and averaged 8.1 points per game while shooting 42.1% from three-point range on a career high 4.2 attempts per game. Most of those three's came in catch-and-shoot or transition possessions for Milwaukee and with the Bulls focus on wanting to play faster and with more tempo, Carter fits right in.
Carter also helps in the Bulls pursuit of changing their shot profile on three point attempts, as his 337 total three-point attempts would have been the fourth most on the Bulls last year. He also would have had the second most three point makes behind Zach Lavine.
Carter isn't a traditional point guard, he is the prototypical 3-and-D guard who will take threes and play exceptional defense. His career average for assists is 1.7 per game, so don't look to him to be a Lonzo Ball replacement.
As for that defense, Carter is a good point-of-attack defender, which the Bulls sorely need outside of Alex Caruso. Also as just a fan of defense, I cannot wait to see a defensive backcourt of Caruso and Carter together.
While the traditional box score won't say much for his defense, some of the advanced stats will. Shout-out to Will Gottlieb from CHGO for finding this, as he found that the Bucks had the fourth-best defense in the NBA, yet they performed 2.9 points per 100 possessions better on that end with Carter on the floor compared to when he sat.
I know Bulls fans give this front office a lot of grief and somewhat is deserved, but this is a good move. It isn't earth shattering, but this is a signing we can all be happy about.