It’s only fitting that, on Thanksgiving, Chicago Bulls fans finally have something to be thankful for this season.
The Bulls have now won two games in a row, and over the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, beating both the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. It’s early enough in the season, too, that the Bulls have plenty of time to get rolling.
At 8-10, the Bulls can ride these two wins into some other tough games ahead. But, if they wanted to get serious about contending this year, the Bulls should consider finally bringing a hometown legend to Chicago.
Anthony Davis has been involved in plenty of trade rumors over his career, and with the Los Angeles Lakers currently the second-worst team in the West, now might be the best time for LeBron James’ crew to take advantage of his trade value.
Davis has been playing out of his mind as of late, which could intrigue other teams looking to contend. The Lakers, meanwhile, don’t seem to be heading towards a championship anytime soon.
The Chicago Bulls should make a serious run at trading for Anthony Davis this season.
Over Davis’ last 10 games, he has averaged 27.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 blocks while shooting nearly 56 percent from the field.
But, if you look even more recent, Davis has been maybe the best player in all of basketball over his past four contests. In those four games, he is averaging 35.5 points, 18.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
If you ask LeBron, he’ll tell you Davis is playing “like his old self” as of late.
But, would the Lakers really be opposed to trading the 29-year-old forward if they don’t appear to have any sense of direction as a team? From Los Angeles’ standpoint, Davis is an oft-injured player who is just now finally looking like the guy they thought they dealt for once upon a time.
The Lakers have endured a mess of a situation with Russell Westbrook and have tons of cash tied up in just a few players, without a lot of immediate future draft picks to look forward to.
The Bulls, meanwhile, could offer a package centered around the expiring contract of Nikola Vucevic, plus guys like Coby White and Javonte Green, along with draft compensation.
Putting together a starting lineup featuring Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams and Anthony Davis could give the Bulls the firepower they need in order to make a title run. Not to mention, Davis still has three years left on his deal, so the Bulls would have some time to make this work.
Imagine a world where Lonzo Ball comes back healthy, too. The sky is the limit for a team like that, but it would be a costly trade. In any event, the Bulls should make an effort to get this done.