Continuing the Russell Westbrook Conversation, Hutchison's Limits, Young, Gafford, and Other Bullets

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Continuing the Russell Westbrook Conversation, Hutchison’s Limits, Young, Gafford, and Other Bullets

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  • I grabbed the elephant in the room and dragged it over here. We are giving it a talking to. Russell Westbrook is apparently on the trading block and, of course, an all-out war has broken out over Bulls Twitter. Yesterday, Luis went ahead and paved the foundation for this conversation in a post, which you should certainly check out.

  • I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a world in which I could be convinced on a possible trade for Westbrook, but right now I sit pretty firmly with my back turned. The Thunder would have to be selling big time and demonstrate they are looking for a salary dump; however, Oklahoma City’s General Manager Sam Presti is one smart dude, and you saw the haul he got for Paul George. Right now, I believe a trade for Westbrook would have to involve parting with a member of the young core, and it’s not worth it. Also, with the amount of salary the Bulls would be taking on, the team has to be sure this gives them a better chance at competing over the coming years… but does it past year one? Is an aging Russ who has always struggled to move out of the first round of the playoffs really going to propel this team forward? Honestly, this argument is funny because I’ve always been a huge Russ supporter (I still am), but I can also separate that from his fit with the Bulls.

  • Anyway, I don’t want to linger on this, please let me know your thoughts in the comments, I’m interested.
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  • You never want to put too much weight on what you’re seeing out there, but, boy, did Chandler Hutchison look rough last night. It’ll be an uphill battle for Hutchison, who missed the entire last half of his rookie campaign due to a broken toe. Currently, he is on a 20-minute restriction during these Summer League games. Last night he shot 15.4 percent from the field on 2-13 shooting… yeah not ideal, Chandler. Sean Higkin wrote a piece for NBC Chicago Sports last night, so you can give it a read and hear from Hutchison himself.

  • As the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson points out, the Bulls look a lot better on paper, but the work has to be put in on the court. Read through his piece mapping out the Bulls roster additions and how the future may shape out.
  • Continue to comment on this… it gave me some solid chuckles.

  • When y’all say Coby can’t facilitate! Pssssh.

  • The Bulls got absolutely dismantled by the Pelicans last night in a 109-72 loss. Unfortunately, Daniel Gafford struggled quite a bit and the entire Bulls team’s got eaten alive by Jaxson Hayes. However, none of that really matters because Coby White looked good again! Yay!

  • The Athletic’s Stephen Noh and Darnell Mayberry had a lot of praise for the Bulls two rookies throughout these three Summer League games thus far. The two simply walk through their general observations, but it’s a great way to hone in how we should feel.

  • Thaddeus Young has gotten great praise around the league for being a strong teammate throughout his 12-year career. The Bulls needed a true-veteran and professional to show these young guys the ropes; Young looks like the perfect fit.

  • Let me rephrase this… we WILL hold you to that.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.