With the trade deadline quickly approaching, it seems very likely that the Chicago Bulls will be on of the major sellers. Championship hopefuls will be looking at the Bulls roster in search of that final piece that could potentially push them over the top, while the Bulls could also be a partner capable of absorbing bad contracts.
It seems like a foregone conclusion at this point that Nikola Mirotic will be traded. Multiple times he has stated to the media his compliance with the idea of a trade, preferring the Utah Jazz. Mirotic has a no-trade clause built into his contract, so the Bulls will have to find a favorable situation for Niko before anything can be accomplished. Mirotic will be under a team-friendly contract this season, with a team-option for next season, and can provide a huge spark of offense off the bench and plenty of spacing at the four wherever he ends up.
The Bulls may also be looking to unload Robin Lopez if they can procure some young talent. Lopez provides his team with some legitimate seven footer paint presence with a little bit of everything in his arsenal. He can shoot the mid-range jump shot, has some post game, sets hard screens, and can be a terror on defense and rebounding when he’s properly motivated. The big man is a veteran player under contract until next season that could instantly be plugged into a system and be productive.
If a team is seeking a talented wing-players, they may be interested in acquiring the Bulls’ Justin Holiday. After playing for a variety of teams in a plethora of countries in his career, Holiday is finally playing the best basketball of his career in Chicago. The 28-year old small forward can come off the bench for prospective buyers and knock down threes, take over ball-handling responsibilities, and actually play some decent defense. It’s unlikely that they’ll be able to get a first-round pick for holiday, but maybe the Bulls could get a second-rounder and another potentially good young player.
The last player on the Chicago Bulls that’s likely to be traded is Jerian Grant. Grant is only 25 years old and it’s only his third year in the NBA, so there is still a chance that he blossoms into a better player, but with Kris Dunn and Cameron Payne at point guard, the Bulls could trade him if the right offer is made. Jerian Grant is capable of running an offense off the bench, with the occasional scoring contributions and acceptable defense. Acquiring Grant wouldn’t be a championship winning move for a team, but if point guard is a real point of weakness for them, then you could do a lot worse than the Bulls’ backup point guard. Again, the Bulls will be seeking young, talented players and/or draft picks.
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