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Chicago Bulls, Jusuf Nurkic
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Jusuf Nurkic could be a cheap trade target for the Chicago Bulls

Back in 2014, the Bulls actually drafted center Jusuf Nurkic before trading his rights to Portland. Now, they may be able to get him back. The Blazers are likely in the midst of a lost season (which impacts that first-round pick the Bulls own from Portland, of course).

At the moment, Portland has gauged interest on Nurkic, but it hasn’t come to much.

Multiple reports have stated that Nurkic is failing to draw interest on the trade market, so he could come a little cheaper than Portland may be asking.

Nurkic has been a starter for most of his career, but in Chicago he would come off the bench with Vucevic starting. Getting a guy like Nurkic coming off the bench would be a huge victory for the Bulls, as he’s had four seasons where he’s averaged a double-double — this year included.

So far this season, Nurkic is averaging 14.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. On a bad Blazers team, Nurkic has been one of the brighter spots. It’s a bit odd, though, that he isn’t generating much interest on the trade market.

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Should Chicago land Nurkic, it would give them the front court depth for a real run at a championship.