The Chicago Bulls should trade for Khem Birch
Khem Birch has had a long road to the NBA. The former Pittsburgh and UNLV alum went undrafted back in 2014 and spent some time around the D-League and even overseas before finding a home with the Orlando Magic back in 2017.
This spring, Birch signed a 3-year deal with the Toronto Raptors worth $20 million, so he’s finally found a permanent home in the NBA. Now, he’s become a valuable bench piece for the Raptors. However, if Toronto continues to hover around .500 and doesn’t necessarily look like a competitive team out East, maybe Birch is gettable.
The 29-year-old big man can bring one major attribute to the Bulls right away, and that’s again in rebounding. Specifically, Birch has been a monster on the offensive boards this year. So far, he’s averaging a career-best 3.5 offensive rebounds per game off the bench. That’s also in just 23 minutes per game. In total, Birch is posting 5.8 boards per game.
Birch is 6-foot-9 but plays bigger than that. He could end up being a piece the Bulls like keeping around for his full contract, especially because next year they can part ways with Tony Bradley. Bradley has done a decent job filling in the starting rotation, especially as of late. But, the Bulls could afford to move on from him next year.
Birch would give them some versatility where they could play him, too, which is something Donovan likes.