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Latest trade proposal sees Bulls add $30 million to Sharpshooter

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Despite all of last season’s shortcomings, the Chicago Bulls ranked among the top three-point shooting teams in the NBA last season.

Sure, it takes more than being able to turn your three-point attempts into an NBA champion, but having reliable shooters on your roster is a core building block for any team looking to compete for a championship. If some of these shooters can help your team in other areas as well, then you’re on the right track.

Unfortunately for the Bulls, their entire roster isn’t capable of versatile impact, and in reality they lack significant depth alongside the team’s incredibly strong starting five — a problem that plagued them in the postseason.

Therefore, Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey has posited a trade that could help solve Chicago’s depth problem without giving up a core chunk of its rotation. The trade proposal looks like this:

Chicago gets: Alec Burk

Get Detroit Pistons: Javonte Green and Coby White

“Coby White is only 22 years old. He just shot 38.5 percent of three last season. There are likely still some benefits to uncover. But DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic put the Chicago Bulls in a win-now window, and Alec Burks would be a short-term upgrade. His wingspan is five inches longer, he’s a more experienced defender, and he’s hit 40.1 percent of his three-pointers over the past three seasons,” Bailey argued in his Sept. 19 article.

Given White’s uninspiring start to life in the NBA, it makes perfect sense to trade him in for a proven veteran, while it could also be good for White’s development – provided he can earn minutes as a backup for Cade Cunningham.

Burks, 31, has had an impressive season for the New York Knicks in which the veteran guard split his time between starting and leaving the bench – appearing in 81 games and starting 44 of them.

Unlike White, Burks is a dependable secondary playmaker who can create his own shot or generate scoring chances for others, but his bread and butter is his dependable outside jumper, where he averaged a 40 on 4.8 attempts per game last season .4% achieved.

By adding the Missouri native, you also get some multi-position versatility, as the veteran guard is capable of playing three positions: point guard, shooting guard, and small forward — meaning he’s capable, too to guard multiple positions across the perimeter, bringing its own benefit of a modernized defense system.

White is entering his fourth year in the NBA and with the Bulls and to this point has not lived up to the expectations placed on his shoulders after being drafted 7th overall in the 2019 NBA draft.

Sure, White’s 13.7 points, 3.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game are impressive enough, as is his 36.5% shooting from deep, but considering he’s heading into the restricted free game next summer Hand will materialize and some teams will believe they can uncover his potential — there’s a significant chance the Bulls could lose their former rookie due to cap restrictions.

The Atheltic’s Darnell Mayberry has similar concerns, noting that if White doesn’t show a significant improvement this season, his time at Chicago may be up

“If the salary cap is factored in, Chicago almost certainly cannot afford to commit valuable resources to keeping White past this season. He’s become more of a luxury than a necessity…White must prove he’s still vindicating his share,” Mayberry wrote.

With White’s future clearly in doubt and the Bulls getting an opportunity to trade him for a player like Burks, it would be wise for the team to do so — both for their chances this season and for White’s continued development elsewhere.

With White’s future clearly in doubt and the Bulls getting an opportunity to trade him for a player like Burks, it would be wise for the team to do so — both for their chances this season and for White’s continued development elsewhere.

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