Orlando Magic Receive*: PF Carlos Boozer, SG Tony Snell and Charlotte's 2014 first-round draft pick (No. 16 overall)
Chicago Bulls Receive: SG Arron Afflalo, PF Jason Maxiell and PG Ronnie Price
(*Carlos Boozer is a necessary inclusion because Chicago is over the cap with him in tow. If the Bulls decide to amnesty him, they can send Mike Dunleavy's expiring contract instead, and the numbers would work.)
Why Orlando Does It: Allow me to explain before going absolutely bonkers.
Trading for Boozer isn't smart, but it's not stupid. His contract comes off the books next season, he spaces the floor enough to play alongside Vucevic and other bigs, and he can still register the occasional double-double.
Besides, the Magic aren't doing this for Boozer. They're doing this for Charlotte's first-rounder, which falls just outside the lottery in this year's upside-crammed draft. And they're doing this for Tony Snell, who, despite being seldom used in Chicago, is still an intriguing 2-guard prospect.
Don't forget, the Bulls could also amnesty Boozer before and change the fabric of this trade entirely by sending Dunleavy instead.
Why Chicago Does It: Holy shooting, Tom Thibodeau.
Chicago buried just 34.8 percent of its treys last season, the seventh-worst mark of any team. Afflalo can slide in next to Jimmy Butler at the 2 or 3 and act as Luol Deng's slightly undersized, dangerous-shooting replacement.
Brokering a trade for Afflalo—whether they deal or amnesty Boozer—would preclude the Bulls from signing Carmelo Anthony or trading for Kevin Love, though. The latter would still be possible—a package built around some combination of draft picks, Dunleavy, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic could be a good starting point—but beyond unlikely.
That makes this something the Bulls explore if and only if they're not confident in their ability to land another star this summer. If they can't make their desired free-agency or trade splash, there are far worse consolation prizes than Afflalo.
"It's tough. There are really no other words," Afflalo said of missing the playoffs, via Fox Sports Florida's Ken Hornack. "It's a place I feel like I belong. It's a place I feel I would thrive. It's a place that I want to be."
And a place he would frequent with the Bulls.