Chicago Bulls should look at 5 available players at trade deadline

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The Chicago Bulls may be able to get Jaxson Hayes from New Orleans

Maybe a more reasonable trade target for the Bulls, should they want to keep most of their core intact, is a guy like New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes.

From Hoopshype’s Michael Scotto: “Rival executives also believe Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Jaxson Hayes are both available for the right upgrade as well.”

The Bulls wouldn’t necessarily be able to offer the Pelicans an “upgrade” to Hayes, but what would the Pelicans expect by trading away a guy who is only playing 16 minutes per game this season?

If Chicago got their hands on Hayes, he’d at least become an immediate upgrade to their backup big situation. This year, in limited action, Hayes is averaging 8.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

If stretched out on a per-36-minute basis, Hayes is posting 18.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Should the Bulls be able to land Hayes for a decent price, they may want to pull the trigger. He’s still extremely young at just 21 years old and is a former top-10 pick.