This season is now just about a quarter done with for most teams around the league, and the Chicago Bulls are still up there with the best of them. Winning basketball has been sustained in Chicago, when many critics thought it wouldn’t work with the current roster.
Currently, the Bulls are tied with the Brooklyn Nets for the most wins in the Eastern Conference with 15. They have beaten those Nets already this season, and have some big wins over the Knicks (twice), Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Nuggets, Hornets and Celtics.
These Bulls are for real. Billy Donovan has done a tremendous job helping so many new faces mesh together right away, and Chicago looks to be a real threat.
One of the areas where the Bulls do need help, though, is in their front court.
The Chicago Bulls should look towards the trade market once certain players become eligible for dealing.
Since Patrick Williams’ season-ending injury, it’s been a myriad of guys filling in. Tony Bradley had to step in when Nikola Vucevic was out, and now that Vooch is back, Bradley doesn’t even have a spot in the rotation.
Bradley has been supplanted by forward Derrick Jones Jr. as the backup center. While Jones has played admirably, the Bulls could really use another big man to match up with teams who offer threats in the front court like, say, the Indiana Pacers.
If the Bulls kept tabs on the following handful of big men, making a deal for one of them to cement their front court depth might be worth it. This is a team that could find themselves in the Eastern Conference Finals, and adding just one more piece could be the ticket.