KJ Martin landing spot #3: Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls have a perilously thin forward rotation. After Patrick Williams, Billy Donovan is calling Derrick Jones Jr. and Javonte Green to fill the forward void. DeMar DeRozan has slowly taken more and more minutes at the power forward position on the defensive side of the ball, but he remains a combo guard on offense.
Kenyon Martin Jr. won’t suddenly solve their forward rotation, but he would add an element of athleticism and upside that they lack. The Bulls tied with the 76ers for the league lead in transition efficiency, but their 14.1% transition frequency was the sixth lowest in the league.
Having a player who can get out and finish transition opportunities gives extra incentive for teams to push the pace when they have a numerical advantage. Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso were a devastating defensive backcourt duo, with Ball being a fantastic transition playmaker. But Nikola Vucevic and DeRozan like to play it slow, and Zach LaVine is coming off off-season knee surgery, which eats away at easy points.
Martin could be a fun energy player off the bench and provide extra dynamism with the starters for spurts. He has flashed some monster weakside blocks, a trait any forward needs playing next to Vucevic. The Bulls provide Martin the chance to win and carve out an important bench role.