Chicago Bulls: 3 potential trades with the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Chicago Bulls, Andrew Wiggins

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Trade Package No. 3

Here is the big one.

The Timberwolves made (what most people think is) a monumental mistake by giving Andrew Wiggins a max contract. By the time it runs out in 2022-2023, Wiggins’ salary spikes to over $33 million. This is for a guy who simply has not panned out as a star in this league — which is what many people thought he would be.

The short of it: The Bulls get both Wiggins and young forward Dario Saric, plus a first-round pick.

Bulls Get
Andrew Wiggins, Dario Saric, No. 11 pick, No. 43 pick
Timberwolves Get
Otto Porter, No. 38 pick

The Timberwolves would shed Wiggins’ deal which still has four long, grueling years left on it. In return, they get an upgrade in Porter, whose contract has a player option next summer, and will cost the Wolves a little less in his remaining year(s).

Wiggins reunites with his friend, LaVine, who might just help spark a turnaround in his career. Wiggins had (and still possesses) so much raw potential, but hasn’t been able to put it all together. Could a fresh start help him finally take off?

Chicago also gets a very valuable bench piece in Saric, who can shoot it from long distance and brings strong rebounding off the bench.

Of course, the Bulls also now have another first-rounder at no. 11 overall, which they could potentially use on players like Bol Bol, Jaxson Hayes, or Romeo Langford, among others. The Timberwolves also get a minor upgrade in the second round this year, swapping picks with the Bulls and moving up five spots.

This is a huge risk for both sides, potentially. But, you can’t say it wouldn’t be intriguing.

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