With just four days remaining before the 2022 NBA trade deadline, rumors have began to heat up. The Chicago Bulls are indeed a team to watch for, as their depth has been tested in big ways this season.
This season, the Bulls have played multiple games without Zach LaVine (as they are currently). They’ve played long stretches without Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball, Javonte Green and Derrick Jones Jr. — Caruso being in the midst of his second lengthy stretch.
Then, there’s been the absence of last year’s fourth overall pick, Patrick Williams. Yet, Billy Donovan has been arguably the best coach in basketball and has gotten his guys to stick around first place in the East for the majority of the year.
This week, though, the Bulls are likely to make at least one move, and it could start with Boston Celtics point guard Dennis Schroder. According to a recent report, rumor has it that the Bulls are in on Schroder.
The Chicago Bulls may not stop after pursuing Dennis Schroder, as rumors swirl around the NBA trade deadline.
Per Matt Moore of The Action Network, the Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks each have an offer on the table for Schroder. However, no one knows just what those offers entail yet.
There are whispers on Bulls twitter that the Celtics want Coby White, yet the Bulls have offered a package centered around Troy Brown Jr.
Schroder is in the midst of a solid season for Boston, having started 25 games. He’s averaging 14.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting, along with 4.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds.
If the Bulls were to land Schroder, they likely wouldn’t be done just yet. Having Schroder, along with Ayo Dosunmu — who has been on a tear lately — the Bulls would be fine until Lonzo Ball returns from injury.
But, that leaves Coby White as the odd man out. Or does it?
If the Bulls were able to land Schroder without giving up White, they could then flip White to a team like the Atlanta Hawks in a multi-player deal in order to get forward John Collins.
The Hawks are widely known to be making just about every player available at the moment, so long as they’re not named Trae Young or Clint Capela. Collins is on the first year of a 5-year deal and is getting paid $25 million annually, which is not nearly as pricy as he could have become.
Should the Bulls pull off deals for both Schroder and Collins, you can pencil them in as your Eastern Conference Champions.
Picture a healthy team featuring DeMar DeRozan, LaVine, Ball, Nikola Vucevic, Collins, Dosunmu, Schroder and Caruso as the main seven guys in the rotation.