Mo Bamba is soon eligible for trade, and the Chicago Bulls should pounce
The Magic have tons of depth in the front court, as we previously mentioned Robin Lopez and they recently extended former Bull Wendell Carter Jr. as well. With the future of the position being wrapped up by Carter in Orlando, the team can afford to move one of their other big men.
Mo Bamba is an interesting name to watch, because he was such a high draft pick and hasn’t yet panned out in the manner many believed he would. He may be one of the league’s top trade chips this season.
Now, the Magic are starting both he and Carter at the moment. But, starting two big men like that isn’t sustainable for a winning team in today’s NBA — and Orlando is far from a winning team at the moment.
Bamba is an athletic, defensive presence who doesn’t offer a ton offensively. But, on a team like the Bulls, as a reserve center, Bamba would bring the defensive energy that Chicago’s second unit thrives on.
Thus far, he is averaging 10.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in nearly 30 minutes per night. The big question is, would he be fine with a backup role in Chicago? He spent three years as a reserve in Orlando before moving into the starting lineup.
Jan. 15 is the date to watch for Bamba, as that’s when he’s eligible to be moved. If Chicago could get him as a rental for the remainder of the year, their depth would be set.