In September, we got word that the Chicago Bulls could become one of the most active teams in the NBA due to the franchise’s new front office presence.
Fast forward two months and Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports had the following to say …
Of course all 30 teams are talking, but those teams are the ones who are consistently mentioned as reaching out around the league. Teams at the top of the draft or with multiple picks.
Spurs mentioned is weird, but they have a million guards and cap space ideas for 2021.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) November 11, 2020
I’m not going to sleep for a couple of weeks, am I?
General Manager Marc Eversley made it very clear upon his takeover that the Bulls are not planning to start from scratch. Indeed, the Bulls new second-in-command likes to use the word “retool” not “rebuild” when discussing the organization’s immediate plans. Sniffing around the trade market coincides with that philosophy, and it could tell us the front office is comfortable moving on from some of the team’s current talent sooner than later.
I’d love to be a fly in the front office zoom call right about now. My gut tells me that most trade conversations revolve around the No. 4 pick, but in what capacity is anyone’s guess. Some have come to believe that the Bulls could look to trade up into the top-3. Unsurprisingly, others have said the exact opposite, hinting at a possible trade down the draft board. No one has any clue right now what Chicago will do.
But because I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: A trade down feels way more up Arturas Karnisovas’ alley than the alternative. I could be wrong – of course – but his resume reveals more instances of adding assets than sending them off. The Pistons and Knicks (who hold the No. 7 and No. 8 picks, respectively) feel like the most likely suitors if the Bulls did go this route, and I could see both becoming especially eager to strike a deal if a player like LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards is available at No. 4.
Of course, draft night trades should not be the only thing we have our eye on, though. Big-name players are going to be on the move this offseason too. Guys like Chris Paul, Jrue Holiday, and Russell Westbrook have already been thrown into conversations. No, I don’t see the Bulls targeting any of those players, but this could signify that even more surprising names will enter the trade market over the next couple of weeks.
Karnisovas knows he has young players to deal. He may still believe in their potential, but let’s remember he has no affinity to any one roster member (except … maybe Lauri Markkanen?). Everyone in Chicago is on the table, and it looks like Karnisovas has made that known around the league.