The Chicago Bulls could enlist the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 3-team trade for Damian Lillard
Among the other names in headlines this offseason will continue to be Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Collin Sexton. Thinking about the Blazers trading Lillard, they would definitely be more apt to dealing him if they could get a young point guard in return. Why not enlist the Cavaliers?
Cleveland is already considering moving on from Sexton since they have Darius Garland locked in as their franchise point guard, therefore a move to Portland makes a ton of sense. Except, instead of Cleveland landing Lillard, he goes to the Bulls.
The basis of the deal for Portland is landing Sexton and two first-round picks from the Bulls. However, they would also get forward Lauri Markkanen in a sign-and-trade. Forward has been an issue for the Blazers in recent years, so much so that they were the team to finally offer Carmelo Anthony a job — who played pretty well for Portland, mind you.
The Bulls would be sending forward Thaddeus Young and guard Tomas Satoransky to Cleveland, whom both are on entering the final year of their contracts. This would give Cleveland some flexibility after the 2021-2022 season.
If need be, the Bulls could throw in a couple of second rounders. It would be a tall price, but in the end, well-worth it for Chicago.