Proposed trade bolsters bulls’ domestic presence

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The Chicago Bulls roster appears to be ready for the season as the team currently has 15 players. The Bulls had a low-key summer re-signing All-Star Zach LaVine to a five-year, $212 million max deal and adding veterans Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic on inexpensive deals.

That said, the Bulls still have questions about their current roster, the first of which is Lonzo Ball’s knee health and whether he’ll be ready for the start of the season. Beyond that, the Bulls also failed to address some of the weaker parts of their roster.

Chicago still lacks a rim protector and lacks three-point shooting. With that in mind, it’s fair to wonder if the Bulls might be looking to make a move before the season.


Proposed exchange

Another concern for the Bulls this season is that Nikola Vucevic is entering the final year of his contract with the team. Chicago will therefore have to make a decision on what it wants to do with Vucevic.

If the Bulls don’t plan to offer Vucevic an extension, the team could look to trade him before or during the season to avoid losing him for nothing. If Chicago wanted to bolster its domestic presence, it could look to the Memphis Grizzlies as a trade partner.

On ESPN’s NBA business machine exchange Vucevic for Steven Adams and brandon clark works. It could be a trade that appeals to both teams enough to strike a deal.


why it might work

For the Bulls, adding Adams and Clarke would certainly bolster the team’s interior presence. Adams is considered one of the strongest players in the league and is coming off a season that saw him average 6.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

Clarke just completed his third season in the NBA and averaged 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 19.5 minutes per game. His play improved in the postseason averaging 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game.

The Grizzlies might be willing to make that trade because they have depth down the center. Moreover, Vucevic would bring a veteran presence to a young team and could help them stretch the ground from the central position.

With Vucevic entering the final year of his contract, the Bulls will likely pick their options on the best course of action. If the team wants to extend it, they could try before the start of the season to see where Vucevic stands on his future in Chicago.


Other bull on the market

It’s no secret that the Bulls have been buying Coby White since the end of the season. As of now, the team have yet to receive an offer they like for White and have opted to stick with him for now.

However, should the Bulls decide to trade Vucevic, the team could also put White in a deal to try and sweeten the pot. This situation is certainly worth watching for the Bulls heading into training camp.

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