Thursday, September 22, 2022

Wild Trade Proposal Brings Bulls $194M Superstar

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The Chicago Bulls need to change drastically if they are to be considered a true championship contender.

Luckily, Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz may have the answer, as his latest trade proposal brings Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant to Chicago — a move that would immediately propel the Bulls to the top of the Eastern Conference.

Swartz’s trade proposal looks like this:

Chicago Bulls receive: Kevin Durant, Kessler Edwards

Getting Brooklyn Nets: DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Coby White, a 2023 first-round draft pick via the Portland Trail Blazers, a 2027 first-round draft pick and a 2029 first-round draft pick.

“On paper, eight East teams could be better than the Bulls, especially with Donovan Mitchell joining the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dejounte Murray joining the Atlanta Hawks. Durant in Chicago would certainly change that. If the 12-time All-Star decides to leave Brooklyn again, the Bulls can offer the Nets a collection of win-now talent and future draft picks,” Swartz wrote Sept. 20.

While the price of acquiring Durant would be steep, adding superstar talent to a nucleus that would still include Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic would certainly be the kind of groundbreaking trade Chicago needs to pull together in one to be able to withstand ever-improving competition.

Additionally, Durant is one of only a handful of players who would be a legitimate upgrade over DeRozan in terms of scoring — particularly in the clutch, while his playmaking skills and elite-level defense would also provide a significant boost to a falling Chicago team way too short last season.

Much of the 2022 off-season was dominated by Kevin Durant’s trade request after the Boston Celtics swept the playoff net and the situation surrounding superstar point guard Kyrie Irving.

But on 23.8. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Durant and Brooklyn ownership team sat down and decided that Durant would best stay with the Nets and recommit to the project they are building together.

“Steve Nash, Joe Tsai and Sean Marks met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles on Monday and decided to move forward with the partnership, according to Nets.” Charania tweeted.

Durant played in 55 regular-season games for the Nets last season and averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per match while shooting 38.3% from deep and 56.8% from two -Score range shot.

One of the biggest problems with building a team full of veteran talent is that your window for arguments is incredibly short, especially when some of those veteran players are about to leave their current contracts.

Currently, DeRozan has two years left on his $81 million deal, meaning he would become an unrestricted free agent by the end of the 2023-24 NBA season — and while that seems a long way off, it’s only two seasons , and that requires an incredible amount of pressure on the front desk to get things straightened out immediately.

Alternatively, Durant has four years left on his $194 million deal, which would give the Bulls another two years of a superstar on their roster, giving the front office flexibility to continue building a roster that is capable to fight for a championship.

So if Chicago isn’t confident their current rotation can win a championship, the addition of Durant and Edwards could give them the extra firepower they need to push for a deep run this season and then in the near future with build on that in a championship run – after all, a Lonzo ball is healthy and the Bulls are in full swing, anything is possible.

So if Chicago isn’t confident their current rotation can win a championship, the addition of Durant and Edwards could give them the extra firepower they need to push for a deep run this season and then in the near future with build on that in a championship run – after all, a Lonzo ball is healthy and the Bulls are in full swing, anything is possible.



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