This time of year is full of NBA trade rumors. As the 2019 NBA Draft approaches, the Chicago Bulls have tough decisions to make, but being patient is the best approach.
If you have read any of my opinions regarding the Chicago Bulls, you will notice one distinct similarity. The Bulls front office is garbage and needs to go. The Bulls front office, including ownership, is hurting this team from a competitive standpoint.
However, with no pressure from Jerry Reinsdorf to do anything but make money, Gar Forman and John Paxson do not need to worry about losing their jobs any time soon. Rumors have been floating around though that the Bulls are willing to move anyone via trade except Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.
In fact, there was a trade rumor floating around that included the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans. Supposedly they were in talks of a three-way trade that would have sent Zach LaVine and the number seven overall pick to the Pelicans. Anthony Davis would move to the Lakers and the Bulls would receive Lonzo Ball, Solomon Hill and the number four overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
This deal fell through and the Pelicans and Lakers made a trade involving Lonzo Ball and Anthony Davis instead. If that original three-team rumor happened, the Bulls would have addressed their need at point guard. However, would it have improved the team that much?
With no guarantee of landing RJ Barrett to replace LaVine, the Bulls would still be best off taking Jarrett Culver or Coby White. Culver is projecting to go sixth and White should be available at number seven. If the Bulls could have landed Lonzo Ball and keep Zach LaVine in the trade I could better understand it.
A roster makeup of Ball, LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Markkanen and Carter Jr. would have actually been good enough to compete in the NBA Eastern Conference. Thinking about that does not matter though as the Bulls front office proved once again to be unable to make a big splash.
Forman and Paxson need to be patient though. Their ineptitude to do anything right might actually pay off. That said, they still need to make moves in the offseason. With these three “patient” moves, the Bulls should be one step closer to competing in the East in 2019.