The Chicago Bulls’ wing/frontcourt zone has become something of a Bermuda triangle for major injuries. First, it was former No. 4 overall winner Patrick Williams, who went down with a season-ending wrist injury. Next, Javonte Green suffered a groin strain that could keep him out for a month plus.
Now Derrick Jones Jr. has joined the fray. Just 36 seconds after the Bulls’ big fight with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, the 24-year-old hyperextended his knee. Shortly thereafter, it was revealed that he had suffered “significant” bone bruises and would also miss two to four weeks of action.
While questions need to be asked about what the team will do while it waits for the boys to start cycling again, the bigger question might be how the recent injury affects the team’s strategy for the NBA trade deadline.
On Thursday, a Bulls insider shared his perspective on the situation.
Before he was injured, there was thought that Jones could be a key element in potential deals aimed at bringing another high-level associate to Chicago. The reason: his expiring contract, which will pay out $ 9.7 million this season.
According to NBC Sports Chicago’s KC Johnson, this remains the case despite recent events:
Although there is light at the end of the tunnel for Jones and Green, some have wondered if the spate of injuries could prompt the team to put more pressure on Detroit Pistons star Jerami Grant. According to Johnson, this particular move would cost the bulls a lot more than Jones:
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In a recent episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, league insider Michael Scotto hinted that Bulls guard and former lottery winner Coby White could be available “at the right price”. Apparently, given its production and incredible potential, that price should make a big difference.
For his part, however, Johnson reads the situation as suggesting the 21-year-old is probably going nowhere:
White, who lost his PG seed when the team signed Lonzo Ball, averaged 11.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the Bulls while he was averaging 46.1% from the field and 38 .8% shot from depth, a career-best shot.