Chicago Bulls: 3 trades to consider with Dallas Mavericks

Chicago Bulls, Zach LaVine (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bulls, Jalen Brunson
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Trade No. 3

Two years ago, I was slamming the table hoping the Bulls would find a way to draft Jalen Brunson. The former Villanova point guard is a National Champion who knows how to win. He’s a professional — a professional who is averaging 15.6 points, 6.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds per 36 minutes this season.

If the Bulls want to build on their youth going forward and gain a pick in the process, here’s my proposal: Deal LaVine and Ryan Arciadonoco to the Mavs and, in return, gain Brunson, Tim Hardaway Jr. and a first-round pick.

We’ve already established that LaVine, while playing at an All Star level, still can’t play strong defense to save his life. There are many who view him as a great second or third option, but don’t think he can be the focal point of a team.

Getting a guy like Hardaway Jr. back in return gives the Bulls a better defender in the meantime, while they might also get him next year as well — he has a player option for next season.

Brunson gives them much-needed, solidified depth at the point guard position behind Tomas Satoransky, and Coby White would be able to step in and develop as the team’s starting two guard without LaVine.

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Of course, the Bulls also get a first-rounder in this deal, which would be a later pick in the opening round, should Dallas continue as a Western power, but a first-rounder nonetheless.