Chicago Bulls: A rather complex trade primer

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In a perfect world, the Chicago Bulls are sellers at today’s trade deadline. Hovering near the eighth seed in the conference would suggest they could make the playoffs, but the question really comes down to whether there is any value in getting smoked by the Milwaukee Bucks.

I’ll answer that for you: no, there is zero value in that scenario.

The Chicago Bulls should be making plans to move some of the players on the roster that either will be free agents this summer or just don’t fit the long-term plans. There have been some news and notes circulating over the last couple weeks, and I’ll do my best to touch upon them in this slideshow, but there are many layers to any move that they make as of this writing until the buzzer reaches zeros.

This team is run by a front office that was pounding their hands on the table in the preseason claiming that the goal this year was to be a playoff team. They very well may because the Eastern Conference has is bad and has been bad for the last four or five years it seems (more or less, not that it matters much here). A losing record does not mean you’ll be fishing earlier than the rest of the teams; it does mean that you get Milwaukee Bucks in all likelihood.

Then, you will be going fishing.

Back to the earlier point, if they make any moves, will they be towards trying to crowbar their way into the postseason or is it an admission of failure? Whoever they trade away or trade for will tell you all you need to know about what they want to do moving forward.

It feels like it’s anyone’s guess right now because we’re trusting a front office that isn’t exactly in good standing with the fans.