There are always movements to be made.
This is how the Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley have run their affairs since the trade deadline last season.
Whether pulling Nikola Vucevic out of Orlando or going the signage and commerce route this summer and acquiring both Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan, this front office has been aggressive. that the Bulls hadn’t seen in some time.
But are they finished?
Not likely, as the February 10 trade deadline is slowly starting to loom on the horizon.
Where it gets tough, however, what parts will be made available by then to the rest of the Association, and who would the Bulls be willing to part ways with?
Billy Donovan’s roster is a tight-knit group, but also made up of veterans who understand the business side of the league. If they are looking to move contracts that expire or could expire, a Derrick Jones Jr. or Troy Brown can come into play. If they are determined to leave a younger development room, then a Coby White is in play to be. exchange.
Problem is, White could make a nice comeback because of his potential, but his rookie pay limits big-ticket items, even packaged ones.
Basically the Bulls would be in the market for another team’s problem. This young player who wants or has not worked.
Marvin Bagley III’s name has been floating around for over a month as the Sacramento forward is not happy with his organization and the feeling seems to be mutual.
The Bulls, Philadelphia, Utah, Detroit, Orlando, Indiana, San Antonio and Dallas have all been mentioned in the Bagley rumors, but the likelihood that the Bulls could possibly be first is low. Especially if the Kings are looking to blast the roster and pack Bagley with shooter Buddy Hield, who still has $ 40 million guaranteed for the next two years after making $ 23 million this year.
Do White and Jones for a Bagley and a Moe Harkless work? Financially it’s okay, but what would the Kings really get out of it?
If Hield is moved there would be room for White, but otherwise it’s more of a traffic jam in the backcourt.
Jones would be on an expiring contract to help the Kings get more relief from the cap, but wouldn’t add much to the overall picture of a very disappointing season in Sacramento.
The other organization that deals with major underperformance issues and is going around the rumor mill is Portland.
Again, what could interest the Bulls, as well as appease the Trail Blazers? As long as CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard are both on the roster, a White doesn’t make sense. The Bulls are looking for a power forward and Larry Nance Jr. would give them a lot of the elements they need in this position, but the two teams have to be willing dance partners.
As for an Eastern Conference team to watch, well, all eyes are on the Pacers, who would be willing to put “Everything Must Go” signs outside Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Domantas Sabonis would give the Bulls everything they could expect from a power forward – think a much more skilled version of what Daniel Theis was – but the asking price is one the Bulls probably couldn’t meet, especially if they see Patrick Williams as the power forward of the future.
The good news for the Bulls? Saturday was just Christmas Day, and the number of teams that will undergo a Ranking Reality Check as the deadline approaches will only increase.
The pool of tradable assets will deepen.
Until then, Karnisovas and Eversley will be in hiding.