No, the answer is not trading for Anthony Davis. While the Brow would undoubtedly make any team in the NBA significantly better, the Bulls would still not be contenders with him. Davis has made clear that he would like a move that would put him on a team already past the rebuilding phase. That is certainly NOT the Chicago Bulls. This aside, the Bulls may not even be able to put together a package worthy of the Pelicans approving the trade of Davis.
Realistically, Chicago has no shot at acquiring Anthony Davis, and even if they could, the deal would be disastrous in a similar way the Carmelo Anthony trade from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks was. It would gut the Bulls of any young promising talent currently in their possession as well as draft picks in coming years to continue to acquire young talent.
Another reason for Bulls fans to not get their hopes up about Anthony Davis:https://t.co/5l2qELCs9S
— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) January 28, 2019
The next best thing that could happen for the Bulls would be the firing of Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson and General Manager Gar Forman. However, it looks as though owner Jerry Reinsdorf is more than content with allowing the embarrassing crash of the Bulls organization to continue as long as money is entering his pockets.
So, without making a blockbuster trade, and without the overhaul of their pathetic front office, how can the Bulls feel successful at the end of the season with only 20 games remaining.
While it may sound counterintuitive, by losing.
While the players and the front office obviously will never admit to this, or try to lose, the best scenario for the Bulls at this point in the season is to lose as often as possible.
However, the Bulls and their fans should not mistake losing the majority of the rest of their games for simply folding on the rest of the season.
There are still 20 games left on the Bulls schedule, and 20 games are an insurmountably valuable amount of time for a young team to develop. The Bulls young core is full of promising talent. Unfortunately, the story of the season so far has not been that they have developed but that they have digressed.
Zach Lavine has been the most vocal with his dissatisfaction with head coach Jim Boylen since he has taken the reins. After their loss to the Miami Heat on Jan. 19, Lavine mentioned in to the media that “Something is obviously wrong. We weren’t losing by double digits earlier in the season.”
The problem with Jim Boylen has not been that he has lost games, it has been in the manner in which he has lost those games.
Lavine is right, something is wrong. Not because they are losing in masses, that was expected entering into the season. It is the losing by double digits that is disheartening. It’s the poor execution and lack of focus from the players. It’s the divisiveness across the organization off the court. It is the feeling of aloofness from the front office and Jim Boylen that has been the most disappointing for the Bulls this year.
The Bulls young players have an immense need for mentors and leaders to both mentally and stylistically help develop their basketball skills. All they have gotten from the Bulls’ organization this year is uncertainty in the firing of Fred Hoiberg, and indifferent mediocrity under the control of Jim Boylen.
It has become obvious that they will receive little-to-no help from the front office or Boylen, so they will need to take much of their development into their own hands. It is a huge ask for a young player still feeling his way into the NBA scene, but the young Bulls stars will need to step into leadership roles earlier than they would have liked to in their careers.
Losing as often as possible should be the outcome Bulls fans should hope for in terms of product. However, the process to which that happens needs to drastically shift in the coming games.
The Bulls mantra should be to improve and to learn as much about each other and about themselves as the season comes to a close. Specifically, if Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen could develop a strong relationship on the court in the closing parts of this season, similar to that of a Stockton and Malone or Nash and Dirk, that would feel like a huge win for the Bulls as a whole.
Currently, the Bulls have no identity. Developing a sense of pride and self-respect in the Bulls organization is what is most important through the home stretch of this wholly disappointing season.
The Bulls currently have the fourth worst record in the league. This is much more significant this year as compared to previous years. The 2019 NBA draft lottery will be the first to feature the new system for the odds of landing the first pick in the draft. In previous years, the worst team in the league would have a 25 percent chance of obtaining the first pick, the second worst team would receive a 19.9 percent chance and the third worst team would receive a 15.6 percent chance. Now, the three worst teams all receive a 14% chance at obtaining the first pick. This means that the Bulls could still finish with a better record than two other teams and still secure the same odds of receiving the No. 1 overall pick.
.@MarkSchanowski thinks this draft may be one of the weakest in several years… but R.J. Barrett has potential to be a multiple time All-Star
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) February 1, 2019
However, if the Bulls finished fourth, where they are now, it is unlikely they will even pick in the top three. As the fourth-place team they will have a 12.5 percent chance in the lottery. This is would significantly hinder their chance at breaking past one of the top three 14 percent odds teams. The Bulls currently are only one game ahead of the Suns and the Cavs. It would be significantly better for the Bulls for one of these teams to finish the season with a better record than them to ensure they have the best shot at landing the No. 1 overall pick, which will likely be Zion Williamson.
Overall, the main goal for the Bulls needs to be for the young players to take responsibility for their own development, and as a team find a strong identity together.