CHICAGO -- The Bulls will add a point guard this offseason. It's just a matter of how.
They disappointingly exited the NBA draft lottery Tuesday with the No. 7 pick. Do they keep the pick and use it on a point guard? Do they include the pick in a trade package for one? Do they use some of their upwards of $20 million of salary-cap space to sign one in free agency?
The possibilities are numerous. The plans are fluid. But a point guard will be added to -- at the very least -- challenge Kris Dunn for the starting position. If Dunn is moved, the Bulls likely would need to acquire two point guards, although one of Ryan Arcidiacono or Shaquille Harrison is in contention to return.
Let's examine the most likely options via each scenario.
When the Bulls' dream of landing Zion Williamson or Ja Morant by winning the first or second pick in the draft died, the focus immediately shifted to Vanderbilt's Darius Garland and North Carolina's Coby White.
One issue is the Bulls dropped behind two teams -- the Grizzlies and Suns -- who also are focused on a point guard and a third in the Lakers who could draft one to make Lonzo Ball expendable in an attempt to trade for the Pelicans' Anthony Davis.
Garland, who played in only five games before a meniscus injury ended his lone college season, left the draft combine this week with an alleged draft promise from a lottery team. Multiple league executives assume it's from the Lakers or Suns.
After meeting the media and interviewing with select teams, White left the combine with widespread speculation that he, too, has received a draft promise. Two league executives who spoke with the Tribune believe White's promise is from a team that picks before the Bulls.
On the night of the draft lottery, executive vice president John Paxson said the Bulls are keeping open the option of straying from their typical draft philosophy of taking the best available player and that positional need might prevail if the available players are closely ranked. If the Bulls keep the pick and Garland or White surprisingly is available, look for either one to end up in a Bulls uniform.