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Proposed blockbuster sees Bulls Trade Star worth $120 million in talent

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This offseason will be an important one for the Chicago Bulls. Last year was a great first step in the right direction, but they still have a long way to go if they want to compete in the Eastern Conference. Your current roster just isn’t equipped for that.

And with little room to maneuver to make a big move, they need to get creative in the trading market. DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine are pretty much untouchable at this point, as is Patrick Williams. In turn, it looks more and more like Nikola Vucevic could be the underdog.

But with his contract expiring and entering the final stages of his career, Chicago probably couldn’t trade him for a star, though he’s still a borderline All-Star at the moment. So why not explore a trade instead to add enhanced depth? Enter the LA Clippers.

Here is the outline of a possible deal:

Get Bulls: Marcus Morris, Luke Kennard, 2023 second round pick

Get hair clipper: Vucevic, Coby White

That might seem like a lot of giving up, but this deal could actually benefit both sides in the end. Let’s start with the bulls’ perspective.

For Chicago, this deal would be about prioritizing depth. All of the best teams in the league are Elite due to their insane depth. Check out the Boston Celtics, the Golden State Warriors, and the Clippers as prime examples. The bulls need some depth in places.

Adding Morris would give them another great scorer as well as an additional three-point threat. His tenacious play would also help set the tone in Chicago as the intensity he brings to the locker room could help them on the defensive end.

Kennard would be a three-point specialist in Chicago and that’s something they desperately need. The Bulls were a decent shooting team when it came to percentages last year, but they didn’t attempt many three-pointers. With Kennard in town, that would change drastically.

That deal would also mean the Bulls would not have to worry about Vucevic or White extending. Both are entering the final year of their contracts and handing over contract extensions could become a tricky affair. Instead, it might be worth considering treating them for added depth.

The only glaring problem with this deal for the Bulls is that they would be left without a starting center but would allow them to experiment. As great as Vucevic is, the immovable center is slowly fading out of today’s game. Check out Robert Williams and the Boston Celtics, Kevon Looney and the Golden State Warriors, Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat. Can Vucevic’s style of play help win at the highest level these days? Maybe not.

Chicago could experiment with Williams around five, dump Drummond and/or explore the trading market more. But this trade would definitely be worth exploring for them.

What about the clippers?

The beauty of this deal for the Clippers is that they have enough defense for Vucevic to exist peacefully. As for the Bulls, the defensive parts around Vucevic don’t go well with him. That wouldn’t be the case in LA. Besides, they would still have Ivica Zubac anyway.

LA lost Isaiah Hartenstein on an open hand and they have expressed potential interest in a deal with Morris in the past. So why not give Vucevic a chance and add a solid center for an expiring deal to an already stacked squad?

White would step in as a young player with something to prove, but the Clippers could just as easily use him as deadline-day trade bait. Losing Kennard would certainly hurt them but with the depth they have Vucevic might be worth adding.

Both teams should consider this trade if it’s ever on the table.

LA lost Isaiah Hartenstein on an open hand and they have expressed potential interest in a deal with Morris in the past. So why not give Vucevic a chance and add a solid center for an expiring deal to an already stacked squad?

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