Saturday, November 27, 2021

Cops Related To Disgruntled Former Lottery Tips

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The Chicago Bulls are a tough bunch. They proved it again on Sunday night at the Staples Center as they recovered from their worst loss of the season, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 100-90. The Bulls didn’t play perfectly, but that made the road win so impressive. Good teams win games like this.

That’s nice, but it doesn’t change the fact that the bulls will probably need a power forward at some point. That void has given rise to several trading concepts, not the least of which are those linking the disgruntled Sacramento Kings big man and former lottery pick Marvin Bagley III to the Windy City.

Chicago Sun-Times Bulls Beat writer Joe Cowley came up with the idea that the Bulls are interested in Bagley III. The former number 2 overall pick was benched in Sacramento and recently refused to play a game. Cowley used the news as a stepping stone to the potential trading concept.

Bleacher Nation’s Patrick K. Flowers broke into his thoughts on the Bulls who could potentially acquire Bagley III. Flowers wrote:

Depending on what the Bulls had to trade for Bagley, the new starting XI could be Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Bagley and Nikola Vucevic. The Bulls still had guys like Tony Bradley, Alize Johnson, and presumably Javonte Green, who would be taken off the bank. There are some potential issues with this proposed deal.

If Sacramento fishes for Coby White or Patrick Williams in return, they have to offer something else in return. It would be great for the Bulls if Bagley had fallen so out of favor that Sacramento wanted to drop him.

In any case, it would not be fair for the cops to just get Bagley for either White or Williams. While Bagley averaged double digits for each of his first three seasons in the NBA, he has barely played this year and it has hurt his stock.

It’s difficult for the Kings to argue for the Bulls – or any other team – to part with a player who played a significant role in a deal where Bagley is the centerpiece that comes from Sacramento.

There is also another question to consider when the bulls are planning a deal on a power forward.

As it is, cop chemistry is strong. There’s a nice mix of veterans who have succeeded in the league and young players who are hungry for it. It would be unwise to just put any big body into this mix and expect things to click.

Chicago should be looking for veterans who are still looking for a way to play on a winning team or young guys who are talented and intrigued by the chance to play with LaVine, DeRozan, Ball, and Caruso.

Is that Bagley? There are likely people on both sides of the fence, but Chicago needs to be safe before giving up valuable assets.

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