These 3 soon-to-be trade eligible players would help the Chicago Bulls

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Welcoming back an old friend, Robin Lopez, makes sense for the Chicago Bulls

A few years ago, Robin Lopez was the starting center for the Bulls. Playing for Chicago from 2016-2019, Lopez was never more than a mediocre, average type of player. He was fine, to put it simply.

However, as a reserve, Lopez would be valuable. He is currently in Orlando, and has hardly found room within the rotation. In fact, he hasn’t even seen the floor over the past two games for the Magic. On the season, Lopez has appeared in just eight games, averaging 15 minutes per contest.

In those few minutes, Lopez is putting up 6.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 blocks per game. When he was with the Bulls, Lopez worked very well with a guy like Zach LaVine, because he is proficient in the screen game. This would be a huge asset to LaVine again, but also DeMar DeRozan.

The one thing Lopez brings to the table is a grittiness, above all else. His size is perfect for a backup big man. Lopez played with an attitude and toughness that, unless he’s on your team, most fans can’t stand. He’s just one of those types.

Lopez is eligible to be traded December 15, and he’d bring a different element than a guy like Tony Bradley brings. That toughness is something that would resonate with some of the younger guys, and fits right in with the style Chicago plays with on defense.