With the Chicago Bulls still in the beginning stages of a rebuild and the 2019 NBA Draft just over a week away, all options should be on the table as they look to improve their roster. That includes trades, of course, and there have been some rumblings that the Bulls may look to use their No. 7 pick in a deal, with names like Lonzo Ball and Mike Conley being bandied about.
In fact, The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry reports the Bulls are pretty open to making drastic moves:
There’s a growing belief around the league that the Bulls are open to trading anyone and anything not named Lauri Markkanen or Wendell Carter Jr., according to sources familiar with the team’s offseason objectives.
This comes in a column preaching caution about making a big trade, and I think that point is valid when it comes to some of the deals being talked about. Trading for somebody like Conley would improve the Bulls, but at what cost for the long-term future? Ball may fit the timeline better, but he would come with his own set of issues as a flawed prospect. I think these kinds of deals should be considered, but they’re not no-brainers by any means.
It’s also interesting that Zach LaVine’s name isn’t mentioned here. While LaVine has never impacted winning in a legitimate way, he’s still just 24 years old and coming off the best season of his career. The contract he signed last summer also isn’t looking so bad now as the cap continues to rise.
Still, it makes sense to be considering all options. LaVine almost certainly isn’t getting traded unless a legitimate superstar like Anthony Davis is coming back (that kind of blockbuster deal would bring massive risks as well), and since that’s not happening, I’d be shocked if he’s traded this summer. Markkanen and Carter probably shouldn’t actually be totally untouchable either, but it would take something massive to part ways with either of those guys right now.