Chicago Bulls: 3 bold trade ideas for the New Year

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Trade No. 2

Speaking of teams who aren’t necessary vying for the playoffs at the moment, the New York Knicks continue to be a rather embarrassing franchise. Things seem far worse in New York than in Chicago, but the two teams are separated by just four games in the win column (New York is currently 9-24 while the Bulls are 13-21).

The Knicks have been amongst several trade rumors over the last few weeks, whether it be veteran forward Marcus Morris, point guard Frank Ntilikina or, most recently, Dennis Smith Jr. Speaking of the latest rumors, it certainly seems like Smith wants out of New York, as HoopsHype reported via SNY. In this proposed deal, it would be an even swap with two former lottery picks. Chicago would send Kris Dunn to the Knicks.

Over the offseason, Dunn’s trade value was nearly non-existent as his market diminished into nothing. This season, Dunn has had a resurgence and Jim Boylen seems to trust him down the stretch of games.

In 23 minutes per game, Dunn is averaging about seven points and over three assists. Meanwhile, Smith has had issues with injuries and a lack of playing time. Smith is posting averages of 5.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.

At one point, Smith was considered a rising youngster in this league. Could another change of scenery help him get back to that point?