The Chicago Bulls should try again with Jakob Poeltl
The Bulls have been in on San Antonio Spurs big man Jakob Poeltl, and Marc Stein has already reported that they were shot down on an offer for the 7-footer. According to Stein, the Bulls offered a first-round pick and the Spurs declined.
If anything, this proves the suspicion that Chicago is certainly trying to go big once again at the trade deadline. This team, altogether when healthy, is arguably the best team in the East — and Karnisovas is trying to take advantage.
Poeltl is just 26 years old and enjoying a breakout season as the Spurs’ starting center. If he came to Chicago, he’d likely revert to a bench role, but a very important one. Poeltl is a strong scorer in the post and is averaging 13.3 points per game to go with 9.0 rebounds. Getting that type of production out of a bench big is something the Bulls are starving for at the moment.
Again, they need a replacement for Bradley, and Poeltl would be perfect. But, beyond a first-round pick, what would they have to give up? And would it be worth it for a bench player? That’s the interesting part of this ordeal.