Holy crap! Just when I think the Bulls and their new front office can’t get more pathetic, they do something like this...AND TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES.
Per Woj, the Bulls (the Chicago Bulls!) are landing (so far) the highest profile trade name on the market, All-Star Center Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic.
The terms are still coming in, but it ultimately looks like Vucevic and oft-injured wing Al-Farouq Aminu coming in. Going out includes juniors Wendell Carter and Otto Porter (for salary matching), plus TWO first round picks. The picks are this years and the 2023 selection, no word on any protections yet.
This is simply incredible. It also affirms that we truly have no knowledge of what Arturas Karnisovas and staff are about. We were led to believe, from what little public comment, reporting, and actual moves made so far, that they were GarPaxian in their low activity and ambition. This signals otherwise.
Vucevic, who is 30 but very much in his prime, fits in the role of Bulls starting center and a complementary offensive weapon to Zach LaVine. He has been very productive while flashing dynamic skills that should immediately improve the Bulls offense.
Vucevic is one of five players in NBA history to have a season averaging 24+ points, 10+ rebounds, and a 40+ 3P%— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) March 25, 2021
Out of six total seasons with those numbers, three are happening this year (Vucevic, Embiid, Jokic) https://t.co/t73JKfrMD5 pic.twitter.com/EKyykIn3oi
He’s also signed for two additional seasons after this one at a sub-superstar amount of $24M and $22M, respectively.
Aminu is also signed through next year, as he is very likely going to pick up a 2021-22 player option at just over $10M. He can help if he’s healthy as a defensive wing, but he simply hasn’t been for a while.
Sending out two first round picks, plus a recent top-10 pick in Carter, is a lot. But that’s the going rate for stars. When looking at recent star trades, Vucevic is more on the level of Jrue Holiday versus, say, James Harden. And maybe it turns out to be too much, or they gave up on Carter too soon.
But I love this trade regardless of how it ‘turns out’ because it shows a direction of actually wanting good players who will try to make a better team. This is simple, but has not been the case for a very long time. We don’t have to couch our rooting interest in good basketball to think about player development or increasing lottery odds, the front office wants to be good and we can now unequivocally get on board with that.