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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)
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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.