No. 2: Acquire Kyle Kuzma in a three team trade with the Lakers
Now, the Bulls actually give something of value.
Wendell Carter Jr, the Bulls 2018 First Round Pick, would go to the Pelicans in this trade.
Yes, it is awfully early to deal Carter. But could it be worth it if it meant holding onto this year’s first rounder, and bringing Kyle Kuzma back in return.
Rather than settling for Ball, the Bulls could shoot for the stars here, and try to bring home their future franchise superstar.
Carter’s rookie season was ruined with injuries, and therefore the Bulls could be hesitant to deal him after not getting a good enough sample size. However, you must give up good players to get good players in this league, and if the Bulls want Kuzma, they’d have to part with one of their top young players.
Since the Bulls would hang onto their 2019 First Rounder, they could draft a power forward (I think Duke has a good one), while playing Kuzma at the three. Then the Bulls have their starting five of the future with the other three young players, with Kuzma and Zion right in the middle of it.
For the Bulls side, I think a deal would hinge on if the front office thinks that they are better off in the future if they part with Carter Jr for Kuzma. Maybe the Bulls have a power forward in mind for the draft? Maybe they don’t even value Carter that high. Kuzma is averring nearly 20 points per game, which would do wonders for the Bulls on offense for the remainder of the season, and in the future.
It’s probably unlikely that the Bulls would pull the trigger on such a risky move, but maybe it’s worth it. The NBA is a risk-reward league, and this risk could cash in on a big reward down the road.