No. 3: Acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans
We’ve all heard it before. Anthony Davis supposedly doesn’t want to play in Chicago.
Never say never. Maybe once AD gets a taste of actually playing in Chicago, he’ll want to stay.
Obviously it is risky. What if Davis doesn’t want to stick around after one year? Then the Bulls have burned a whole lot of assets in order to compete for one season.
I think it’s a risk that you take.
In Davis, the Bulls would be getting a perennial All Star, MVP candidate, and all-world player. The Bulls mentality and franchise state would completely change. They’d become a real free agent destination, and they’d have a shot at actually winning next season.
The cost? It wouldn’t be the least bit cheap.
The main piece going back to the Pelicans is the unprotected 2019 first round pick. That pick will be anywhere in the 1-7 range, and would carry a whole lot of value, and would give the Pelicans a shot to draft their next AD.
Next, the top player heading to NOLA is Lauri Markkanen. Markkanen would fit right in at power forward, and would be a great add in New Orleans due to his raw rebounding ability, pure shooting stroke, and high potential.
Finally, Kris Dunn would seal the deal. Dunn is already supposedly wanting out of Chicago, and he carries solid value as a high draft pick with great defense and serviceable offensive production.
The past two years have been absolutely brutal in Chicago, but bringing Anthony Davis home would completely change the outlook of the Bulls for the foreseeable future. Davis would easily make them contenders for the next season, and regardless of the cost, Davis would be an immediate MVP candidate for next season, and for the future if he decides to defy the odds and resign.
It would be a pretty hefty price for the Bulls to pay, but the Bulls should have a “whatever it takes” mentality to bring home perhaps the best player in the 21st century to come out of Chicago.