Chicago Bulls: 3 trades to help make a playoff push

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The Chicago Bulls need to make a decision very soon. Will they make a move to avoid cashing in another wasted season?

This season has been a nightmare for many reasons, yet the Chicago Bulls are less than a handful of games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Before this year’s trade deadline passes, the front office has to make an important decision.

Despite missing Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter Jr. for a lengthy time each, the Bulls have been treading water right around the 9th and 10th seeds out East. Porter should hopefully be back around this year’s All Star Break, which happens to be in Chicago nonetheless. As for Carter, his early timetable was 4-to-6 weeks, and that was a couple of weeks ago.

The Bulls have also been without rookie big man Daniel Gafford due to a thumb injury, leaving them fairly short-handed in the front court and forcing Luke Kornet to play a lot of significant minutes.

Speaking of a 4-to-6 week timetable and being hurt in the front court, the Bulls are now going to be without forward Lauri Markkanen for the same time frame due to a pelvis injury.

At this point, the guys being thrown out on the floor shouldn’t even come close to earning wins. But, Zach LaVine has braved the storm and willed the Bulls to more victories than they deserve.

Should John Paxson and Gar Forman come together and try to make a deal before the deadline, with hopes that a playoff push could actually happen? Let’s be honest: The Bulls won’t do much of anything in the playoffs, should they get there.

But, for the sake of the fans and organization being a touch more relevant, it might make sense to show some effort if you’re the front office. If they want to take a look at some guys who could be had via trade, the following deals would make a lot of sense.