No. 1: Send Bobby Portis to the Charlotte Hornets
In order to get a gauge for what a fair return for Portis is, let’s take a look at last year’s Nikola Mirotic trade:
- New Orleans Pelicans received: Mirotic
- Chicago Bulls received: 2018 First Round Pick, Omer Asik
The Bulls sent Mirotic, a highly-productive role player on an expiring contract, to the Pelicans, who in return, sent a first round pick, and cap relief.
That’s exactly what we’re going to do here. For Portis, the Bulls would be receiving the Hornets 2019 First Round Pick, which would be unprotected, considering that the Hornets are a likely playoff team.
In addition to the first rounder, the Bulls would take on bad salary from the Hornets. Center Bismack Biyombo is in the middle of an atrocious contract, and much like Asik last year, will either be waived, or kept on the bench.
The Bulls have taken on a load of contracts already this season, and should not hesitate one bit in bringing Biyombo’s contract to Chicago, especially if it means a first round pick is included in the package.
For the Hornets, they receive their stretch four with great shooting ability, and high-energy play. Portis recently scored 28 points in the first half against the Hornets, so they’ve got a good look at what he can add to the team.
Finally, the Hornets hold all of their first round picks through 2025, and have a surplus of second round picks. Bottom line is, especially considering their playoff positioning, the Hornets should not be afraid to part ways with a draft pick.
The Bulls would simply be adding on to their draft pick stash for the summer, and would continue their newfound policy of taking on some of the worst contracts in the sport.