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The Chicago Bulls face an intriguing 2014, because a handful of changes could occur in the coming months.
What are some potential trade ideas for the Bulls to successfully rebuild?
Derrick Rose's second serious knee injury casts a shadow of concern on this franchise's future. Yet, if he regains his old form and a few prudent tweaks are made, this squad could be a title contender next season.
The likelihood is that some noteworthy moves will be made prior to the 2014-15 campaign. A couple could even transpire before the trade deadline.
Let's examine some trade ideas that the Bulls should consider pulling the trigger on before the deadline buzzer sounds.
Phoenix Suns receive: SF Mike Dunleavy Jr.
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Mike Dunleavy Jr. has undeniable value on the trade market for a couple of reasons. First, he's a proven shooter who can add a great deal to a second unit, and second, his contract is reasonable and runs through next season.
The Bulls may choose to keep him since he's productive and inexpensive, and they could utilize his shooting abilities during 2014-15 as they seek title contention. However, since his trade stock is high, it's at least worth dangling his name and seeing what's available.
An option such as this with the Suns is worth considering because it nets a first-round pick as well as an intriguing young player in Archie Goodwin (Kravtsov is a throw-in for finances). While Goodwin remains raw, he's just 19 years old with clear upside. He recently had a couple of beastly performances in the D-League.
This an offer that the Bulls could perhaps receive for Dunleavy. They'll have to gauge whether or not the 33-year-old shooter is worth shipping away. In this case, it would be hard to pass up a likely first-round pick in the teens as well as a player like Goodwin who could develop in the future.
For Phoenix, Dunleavy would provide the Suns with a veteran as they continue their surprisingly impressive 2013-14 campaign. He would supply their bench with stability on the wing.
Plus, he's not the type of figure who will tinker with chemistry. He'll embrace his role effectively without halting the momentum of their core members. He would simply be an ideal fit.
Houston Rockets receive: SF Mike Dunleavy Jr.
Bulls receive: PF Donatas Motiejunas, PF Greg Smith, 2014 first-round pick from Houston
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In early January, the USA Today's Sam Amick reported that the Rockets could target Dunleavy. His three-point shooting ability could make Houston's already-potent offense all the more lethal.
Are they willing to give up a first-rounder for him, though? This is the question, because the Bulls will almost surely demand this (and potentially more).
This offer is not as compelling for the Bulls as the previous one with Phoenix. They still land a first-round pick as well as a promising youngster in Motiejunas. However, keep in mind that Houston's pick likely won't be in the top 20, and while Motiejunas is a compelling 23-year-old big, it's not like his potential is through the roof.
If the Bulls become set on trading Dunleavy, then they may have to settle for a deal like this. There is still value here, but if they play their cards right, they could wind up with a steal-of-a-deal for Dunleavy and his highly attractive contract.
Charlotte Bobcats receive: PF Taj Gibson
*Since the Bulls currently possess a Bobcats protected pick (top-10 protected in 2014), the swapping of picks included in this deal is subject to delay based on where Charlotte falls in this year's draft.
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Taj Gibson is a coveted asset around the league. He's widely regarded as an elite post defender, and since he has now polished his offensive game, he appears like a player who could start on most squads.
What's more, his contract is also reasonable, especially if he ends up in a starting lineup somewhere.
But why would the Bulls trade him? Well, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times recently noted that Gibson could be on the Bulls' trading block and numerous teams have already inquired about him.
After the Bulls dealt Luol Deng, it became apparent that they are open to wheeling and dealing, and their aggressiveness in this realm could only just be beginning.
They may entertain the thought of trading Gibson because it would free up cap space to chase big-name free agents over the summer, namely Carmelo Anthony.
With this in view, a maneuver like this with Charlotte could appeal to Chicago's front office. The team would acquire two expiring contracts while also snagging a first-round pick and the right to swap selections for two seasons.
While such a trade won't enhance Chicago's play in the short term, it creates financial flexibility while also stashing some potentially rewarding draft picks into their future outlook.
From Charlotte's standpoint, the Bobcats are one of the teams that has inquired about Gibson. Since his skills are alluring to their front office, they might be willing to cough up draft picks to gain his services.