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5 Potential Trades Chicago Bulls Would Be Forced to Think About

Haddon AndersonAnalyst INovember 26, 2013

5 Potential Trades Chicago Bulls Would Be Forced to Think About

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    The Chicago Bulls' current Circus Trip could not be going any worse. Four losses and, more importantly, Derrick Rose tore his meniscus and is out for the season.

    What are some trades that would potentially brighten the dark setting in the Windy City? 

    The only maneuvers Chicago should consider are ones that enable them to effectively rebuild.

    There's no sense in adding somebody who will win them a few more games in 2013-14. Without Rose, the Bulls lack the firepower to compete with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, and there's no trade target that can alter this.

    Therefore, looking towards the future should be the path Chicago takes. Let's analyze what some of these deals could look like.

Sacramento Kings

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    Bulls Receive: SG Marcus Thornton, PF Chuck Hayes, 2014 first-round pick

    Sacramento Kings receive: SF Luol Deng, future protected first-round pick

    (See it on Trade Machine)

     

    Why It Makes Sense for Chicago

    Inheriting two bad contracts that extend beyond this season isn't enticing, but that instantly changes when a first-round pick in this year's draft is included.

    The addition of Deng should make the Kings more competitive, but a playoff appearance is a long shot. Therefore, this is a pick that could strike gold for the Bulls, especially in such a deep 2014 draft.

    Furthermore, Thornton and Hayes possess ugly contracts that expire after the 2014-15 season, just in time for Kevin Love to test free agency.

     

    Why It Makes Sense for Sacramento

    According to Luke Adams of HoopsRumors.com, the Kings are apparently seeking a small forward and they'd like to specifically unload Marcus Thornton.

    The Bulls should already be picking up the phone.

    Deng would seem to be the missing piece that Sacramento desires, but the Kings may resist coughing up a first-round selection. However, the Kings need to realize that they're not going to gain a small forward and cast off bad contracts without giving up a draft pick.

    A future first-round pick from Chicago could help convince them to pull the trigger.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Bulls receive: SG Dion Waiters, C Anderson Varejao

    Cleveland Cavaliers receive: SF Luol Deng, PG Marquis Teague

    (See it on Trade Machine)

     

    Why It Makes Sense for Chicago

    No matter what, the Bulls should try to get something for Deng. While Dion Waiters is having an inefficient year, he's a perimeter weapon who would give the Bulls an offensive playmaker.

    Plus, Waiters is much younger than Deng and should reach his prime in the next couple years. Waiters could become a 20-point-per-game scorer in the ensuing campaigns. This move would also enable Jimmy Butler to slide to the 3, a position that is a more natural fit.

    Taking back Anderson Varejao is necessary in a deal like this because of finances.  

     

    Why It Makes Sense for Cleveland

    Cleveland is laden with young talent, but it has little stability outside of Kyrie Irving. Deng would insert an All-Star wing into the rotation and should uplift Cleveland's arsenal in an array of ways. He could even spark a playoff push.

    Furthermore, Cleveland will have cap space in the upcoming offseason. If they swing and miss on bringing back LeBron James, they can look to re-sign Deng to a long-term offer. 

    Also, Marquis Teague would supply them with an able addition to their bench.

Charlotte Bobcats

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    Bulls receive: SG Ben Gordon, SG Jeff Taylor

    Charlotte Bobcats receive: SF Luol Deng

    (See it on Trade Machine)

     

    Why It Makes Sense for Chicago

    This offer isn't nearly as alluring as the first two scenarios, but realistically, the Bulls may not come across an offer involving Deng that gains them a draft pick or proven young player.

    Jeff Taylor is a reasonable option and could be packaged nicely in a deal with former Bulls first-round pick Ben Gordon—who happens to be playing on an expiring contract.

    While Taylor is fairly raw at this stage of his career, he can generate points in a manner that could benefit Chicago down the road. His potential is evident.

    This would be an offer that the Bulls would settle for, but it would be better than getting nothing and allowing Deng to walk next summer.

     

    Why This Makes Sense for Charlotte

    Believe it or not, the Bobcats look like a bunch who could legitimately make the playoffs.

    They're playing at a different level under new coach Steve Clifford. The team is still rather inexperienced though, and snatching a quality veteran like Deng is a sensible idea.

    He would especially be a good fit because he'll embrace Clifford's gritty defensive approach—Charlotte is currently third in points allowed per gamesomething he has learned under Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. 

Toronto Raptors

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    Bulls receive: PF Amir Johnson, SG Landry Fields, SG Terrence Ross

    Toronto Raptors receive: PF Carlos Boozer

    (See it on Trade Machine)

     

    Why It Makes Sense for Chicago

    The Bulls can't expect to land much for veteran Carlos Boozer, but this assemblage of talent from Toronto would be intriguing.

    Terrence Ross is the most compelling name, since he's an athletic wing with loads of offensive potential.

    Amir Johnson and Landry Fields are both playing on contracts that they're not worth. They run through the 2014-15 campaign, so these two figures could limit Chicago's financial flexibility this summer.

    Yet, these two individuals shouldn't scare Chicago away because it's doubtful the Bulls will make any bold moves in the upcoming offseason.

     

    Why It Makes Sense for Toronto

    The Raptors, like the Bobcats, could make a genuine playoff push in the coming months. If they make a timely maneuver, they could even win a series in the playoffs.

    The backcourt is set with Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay, but the team needs a stable offensive force on the inside. Jonas Valanciunas is not living up to the hype at the moment, and Johnson is a pretty average all-around big man.

    Boozer would give the Raptors a veteran body who could significantly bolster what they can accomplish in 2013-14. 

3-Team Blockbuster

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    Bulls receive: C Steven Adams, C Kendrick Perkins, SF Harrison Barnes

    Oklahoma City Thunder receive: C Joakim Noah, SG Kent Bazemore

    Golden State Warriors receive: SF Perry Jones, PG Marquis Teague, protected first-round pick from Chicago (originally from Charlotte), protected first-round pick from Oklahoma City (originally from the Dallas Mavericks)

    (See it on Trade Machine)

     

    Why It Makes Sense for Chicago

    While the Bulls lose their heart and soul in Joakim Noah, they acquire much younger assets who can become staples in the starting rotation. 

    Steven Adams has impressed as a rookie for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He should develop into a double-double threat who contributes on both ends of the floor. Consider his per-36 minute numbers thus far (per Basketball-Reference): 9.1 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game and 2.4 blocks per outing.

    Barnes is an even more exciting addition who has superstar potential written all over him. He would become an immediate focal point offensively, which would provide him the opportunity to break out in convincing fashion.

    Kendrick Perkins does have a hefty contract, but that's an afterthought with Adams and Barnes coming to town.

     

    Why It Makes Sense for Oklahoma City

    The Thunder are in "win-now" mode, and Joakim Noah could give them the final piece to the championship puzzle. 

    Perkins is serviceable at the 5, but not much more than that. Adams is good-looking youngster, but he's still a few years away from really hitting his stride. As a result, the center spot is a void in OKC's attack.

    Noah is an All-Star center in the thick of his prime, and he'd thrive doing the dirty work for a well-run team like the Thunder. 

    His acquisition would be worth Oklahoma City bidding farewell to numerous young assets.

     

    Why It Makes Sense for Golden State

    The Golden State Warriors almost surely won't have the financial means to keep both Klay Thompson and Barnes for the long term.

    Therefore, the Warriors might as well trade one and stash some pieces in return.

    While they may wait this out awhile (particularly with Andre Iguodala's recent injury), the Warriors would have to consider what they'd inherit in this proposal.

    Perry Jones and Teague possess youth and could become contributors to the second unit in the coming years. The Warriors also nab two first-round selections in the blockbuster. The Bulls could potentially offer another future first-round pick if this isn't attractive enough already.

    For Golden State, this would be reminiscent of what the Thunder acquired when they dealt James Harden—except Barnes isn't quite at that level yet. The Warriors could pile up young talent and draft picks.

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