Best Basketball City, Trading Butler, Nuggets Wanted LaVine at the Deadline, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Best Basketball City, Trading Butler, Nuggets Wanted LaVine at the Deadline, and Other Bulls Bullets

Chicago Bulls

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Things are really heating up.

  • All-Star Weekend is here to remind everyone, Chicago is the Mecca of basketball. Even though he was hot off a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony Davis made the claim earlier this offseason. His comments sparked a debate around the NBA universe, with many fans throwing New York or LA ahead of the Windy City. Well … those fans are wrong. Chicago can grow a tough-minded, talented NBA player unlike anywhere else. In the wake of the All-Star festivities, NBA dot com’s Steve Aschburner writes about why Chicago basketball reigns supreme. Great read.
  • The Bulls didn’t think Jimmy Butler had the making of a superstar player. The Miami Heat always did.

  • Nick Friedell outlines Butler’s journey to Miami, one that included a pretty major stop in Chicago. The more time goes by, the more it becomes evident that the Bulls failed to recognize the asset they had. Butler defines a lot of what Chicago basketball is all about. His work ethic is admirable and his no-nonsense personality is embedded in this city’s culture. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and his “outbursts” while in a Bulls uniform were notable. Whether it be fighting with Joakim Noah or choosing to change away from the rest of the team before and after games, Butler distanced himself, but to be fair, the organization (per usual) didn’t do much to help the situation. As Butler’s Heat team continues to surge atop the Eastern Conference, the harsher this Bulls failed rebuild will feel.
  • Bleacher Report gave their grades for each 2019 first-round pick, and Coby White is just above-average (B-). Sounds fair to me.
  • Possibly one way to get that grade up by the end of the year though is to start increasing his minutes. Development must now be the word of this season, and that means White should start playing alongside the big boys.

  • According to Bleacher Report’s Micheal Scotto, the Denver Nuggets offered the Bulls Gary Harris, Malik Beasley, and Juancho Hernangomez in preliminary talks for Zach LaVine. Obviously, we heard prior to the trade deadline that the Bulls were not fielding any calls for LaVine and he was “off the table,” so this clearly went nowhere. Even if LaVine happened to be on the table though, I’d hang up the phone on this deal REAL fast.
  • Tomas Satoransky told NBC Sports Chicago he thought the Bulls “playoff goal” set a very high expectation for such a new and young team. At least someone has their head on straight.

  • Windy City Bull Simi Shittu put on a show last night (and he was the only one considering the team lost 121-83).

  • The Bulls might have a piece on their hands with Shittu. He has had a couple of solid games now in the G-League and he’s only 20-years-old. Heading into college he was a five-star recruit who was considered the third-best power forward in the 2018 class (he was ranked 11th nationally, per 247 Sports). Shittu and Darius Garland could have been a hot duo for Vanderbilt, but Garland quickly went down with injury and Shittu was left to fend for himself. I have little double one more year in college could have propelled him back into the NBA Draft. Alas, he was an undrafted free agent who the Bulls scooped up. Hopefully, this organization is keeping an eye on him, it would be a shame if another player fell through the cracks (*cough* Spencer Dinwiddie *cough*).
  • Any guesses on who will be the Bulls next All-Star? Will LaVine get there?

  • The Bucks are insanely good.


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Author: Elias Schuster

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