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Proposed trade sends bulls a pair of previous 1st round picks

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The Chicago Bulls (20-24) take on the Detroit Pistons in Paris, France, in the Chicagoans’ first international appearance since 1997. This team was in contention for a title, its fifth in seven years – while the game itself was a preseason exhibition , nominally known as the “McDonalds Championship”.

This time it’s not about championship titles. But the game has more meaning for these Bulls as they set out to fix their season.

However, there are many teams watching and waiting for its continuation.

And should this continue, these teams will call and try to take the Bulls’ temperatures to siphon off some of the better talent and not just look for dumb picks and cap fillers. For example, teams like the New York Knicks are already checking Zach LaVine.

I think the Knicks would be interested,” NBA insider Keith Smith said on the Jan. 14 episode of the Postin Up Pod. “I could see them coming into play. Again, you can pack up contracts very easily. The Bulls might use it as we’re going to reset a few picks and you know maybe they’re going to get Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin and where we’re going to play with these guys now and we’re going to find out.

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After a slow start to the season following offseason knee surgery, LaVine has averaged 27.2 points at 63.4% true shooting with 4.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds in his last 16 games.

There have been rumors that he was at odds with the front office, head coach Billy Donovan and teammate DeMar DeRozan, leading to further speculation that he may soon seek a trade to a more preferred target.

The Knicks’ interest was reported on several fronts. Most recently, NBC Sports Chicago’s KC Johnson reported that they were a team to watch in the potential win draws for guard Alex Caruso alongside the Golden State Warriors, but they’ve also been touted as a potential landing spot for LaVine before .

Toppin was drafted eighth overall in 2020, four picks after the Bulls selected Patrick Williams. The former averages 6.8 points on 52.2% true shooting and adds 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists while battling inconsistent minutes at Knicks Head Coach Tom Thibodeaurotation and injuries.

Quickley, the 25th pick of 2020, averages 12.4 points with 54.7% true shooting.

He is fight this season He shot just 32.9% from deep, his second straight season in decline but shot 38.9% from downtown as a rookie and added 4.0 boards and 3.2 assists.

The problem is that the money isn’t working, meaning the Knicks would have to send more salary — Evan Fournier and Derrick Rose would work — to the Bulls or a third team if the deal got even more complicated. With all the moving parts involved, Smith is dampening expectations that a deal may close before the Feb. 9 close.

“I just think that’s probably a conversation about Daylight Saving Time rather than us making that move today in the season,” Smith said.

Smith’s conclusion would also align with earlier expectations for the bulls as of the reporting date based on recent reports.

“While outside executives have flagged the Bulls as a team to watch on the trade front … the team could be very quiet ahead of the deadline,” reports Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

A rival executive painted a picture of a limited-property front office to Heavy Sports NBA insider Sean Deveney. The chief executive says Bulls vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley know a deal needs to be made, but the owners’ aversion to the luxury tax means they’re likely playing out the year or blowing it up.

That’s a pretty stark contrast to the possible outcomes, but says a lot about how this season has gone for the Bulls.

Smith’s conclusion would also align with earlier expectations for the bulls as of the reporting date based on recent reports.

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