Trade Number 2
This second deal is more about the Bulls gaining as much all-around balance as possible, and it might be a pipe dream. But, here’s the situation.
In this trade, the Bulls not only land Collins but big man Clint Capela. In Capela, the Bulls get a defensive presence who can man the paint and is a different breed than Nikola Vucevic — who ends up in Atlanta.
Vucevic could fit nicely with shooters in Atlanta, posing a threat beyond the arc while all the attention is on Trae Young and Dejounte Murray.
Back to Chicago, though, who gets Collins and a solid, defensive rebounding presence in Capela. The Bulls have as well-rounded of a starting five as there would be in basketball at this point.
But again, they’d give up quite a bit. Chicago would give up Vucevic, Williams, White, Bradley and a pair of first-round picks in order to land the long-term guarantees of both Collins and Capela.
Getting those two contracts off the books would help the Hawks going forward, too, as they’d also have Vucevic’s contract come free after this season, giving them a lot more cap space to work with if they so choose.