The NBA Trade Market is Filling Up With Centers … Should the Bulls Take Notice?

Nothing gets the juices flowing like the NBA trade market. Today, we’ve got even more to discuss in terms of NBA centers and their many, MANY associated rumors.

As a matter of fact, I’ve been borderline baffled by the number of centers to pop up on the NBA trade market this season. It’s almost like every day a new big man emerges as a trade candidate or a new team expresses interest in getting their hands on a frontcourt upgrade.

For example, we’ve already known that Spurs center Jakob Poeltl has been a consistent topic of conversation around the league. In fact, he might very well be the most popular trade target by the time Feb. 9 rolls around.

Likewise, Myles Turner has maintained his spot near the top of the “most likely to be traded” totem pole. While he is in the thick of a career year, Turner and the Pacers haven’t yet been able to agree on a contract extension. With the chance that he walks for nothing in unrestricted free agency this summer, it could be in Indiana’s best interest to find him a new home.

Those two have dominated a lot of the trade deadline talks thus far, but they now aren’t the only centers that could be on the move.

In Kevin O’Connor’s most recent piece for The Ringer, he mentioned that both Orlando’s Mo Bamba and New York’s Isaiah Hartenstein could be potential trade targets for the Los Angeles Clippers. Both have seen their roles decrease this season and are on relatively intriguing short-term deals.

Interestingly enough, both were also topics of conversation for the Chicago Bulls this summer. Does that mean they would pick up the phone? Eh, I’m not so sure, especially since the reason Chicago likely didn’t land either had to do with the contract they signed with their respective team.

But I guess we should also never say never in the NBA! Nikola Vucevic is an unrestricted free agent this summer, which means the Bulls do have to start considering what a world without him might look like moving forward. Who’s to say they don’t consider either Hartenstein or Bamba as an answer? It might at least be worth a phone call.

Another center to enter the mix in recent days has been Minnesota’s Naz Reid, per HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto. The 23-year-old has shown a lot of promise during his four years with the Timberwolves in a reserve role. The energy and spacing he brings off the bench could be intriguing to a number of contenders, but it could also draw interest from cap space teams this summer looking to find a new starting big man.

Reid’s situation will be an interesting one to follow. I have to imagine the Timberwolves prefer to keep him and figure things out when he hits restricted free agency this offseason. But if they’re scared another team will outbid them, they may be better off finding him a new home ASAP.

Two final recent rumors revolve around two of the East’s top seeds. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported at the end of last week that Serge Ibaka and the Milwaukee Bucks will work to find him a new home. The reserve struggled to carve out a real role in the rotation, and Scotto has shared that there are several teams that have already emerged as possible trade partners.

As for Boston, while we don’t know exactly who they’re interested in targeting at this deadline, we do know they want to add frontcourt depth. According to Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes, the team desires better injury insurance for Robert Williams III and the 36-year-old Al Horford.

Again, I don’t expect the Bulls to be involved in this fruitful center market as of now. However, I also never expected them to trade for Nikola Vucevic or sign DeMar DeRozan. As quiet as they have been over the past year, this still is a front office that has blindsided us with big moves in the past. Not to mention, Vucevic’s contract situation most certainly matters.

The big man has put together a really solid bounce-back campaign after his first full year in Chicago. However, the lack of truly earnest contract extension discussions leaves the door wide open for the two to part ways this summer. With the market this abundant at the position, the Bulls wouldn’t be doing their job if they didn’t at least evaluate their options.

Speaking of which, I do wonder if Andre Drummond is on any team’s radar. He’s played extremely well at times this season and continues to rebound at an elite level. While last season showed how badly the Bulls need a traditional backup center, it might not hurt to at least see what he’s going for around the league with team’s this hungry for experienced bigs.

Plus, he seems to have fallen out of favor with head coach Billy Donovan. Drummond has averaged just roughly 12 minutes in his last 14 contests. He’s also registered DNPs in four of the team’s last 18 games. To be sure, I don’t see the Bulls moving on from him unless they add another backup center mid-season, but it’s at least something to think about.

written by

Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

more bulls news

Bulls Reportedly Extend Qualifying Offer to Patrick Williams

With the NBA Draft set for Wednesday night and free agency beginning later this weekend, the Chicago Bulls did some housekeeping. According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, the team has extended a qualifying offer to Patrick Williams. The move...

Are the Chicago Bulls Considering a Sign-and-Trade with Patrick Williams?

Earlier this offseason we learned that the Oklahoma City Thunder had an eye on Patrick Williams. The news comes as Williams quickly approaches restricted free agency. The Chicago Bulls will have the right to match any contract offers that come...

Kings Were Close to Landing Alex Caruso – Here’s What the Bulls Reportedly Turned Down

With Alex Caruso now in Oklahoma City, we're learning more about which teams struck out in their pursuit of the two-time All-Defensive Team member. The Athletic's Anthony Slater and Sam Amick shared that the Kings were serious contenders for Caruso...

New Report Says Bulls Want to Re-Sign Andre Drummond, Which Tells Us What?

When the Chicago Bulls traded Alex Caruso for Josh Giddey last week, a shipment of dynamite was dropped off at the Advocate Center. The shocking move seemed to symbolize a roster blow up. Caruso was easily the team's best asset,...

Report: Scottie Barnes To Sign Biggest Deal In Raptors History

The Toronto Raptors are officially locking in their franchise player. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Scottie Barnes and the Raptors are in agreement on a max rookie extension worth up to $270 million over five years. The move doesn't...

A Busy Week Begins, Bulls Are “Very Active,” Assistant Coach Interviews, And Other Bulls Bullets

The next week should be the most [fill in the blank] of the offseason. Typically, I'd throw the word "exciting" into that spot, but I'm not sure the Chicago Bulls will meet that adjective. While the Josh Giddey trade suggests...

2024 NBA Mock Draft: New Name At Number One As Draft Week Arrives

It's officially NBA Draft week! The Draft is just two days away from tipping off with the 1st Round set for Wednesday, June 26th. Unlike some years, this 1st Round seems like it could unfold in quite a few different...

Cavaliers Reportedly Hiring Respected Assistant Kenny Atkinson as Next KC

The Cleveland Cavaliers have their next head coach. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, highly-respected assistant Kenny Atkinson will take over J.B. Bickerstaff's old gig. He and New Orleans Pelicans assistant James Borrego were Cleveland's two finalists. Atkinson had served as...

“I’m a Dawg:” Watch Angel Reese Cap Off Huge Win With Electric Interview

The rivalry between Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese has officially transferred to the WNBA. After starting 2-0 against the Chicago Sky, Clark finally lost to her fellow rookie sensation on Sunday afternoon in Chicago. Angel Reese scored a career-high 25...

Angel Reese Scores New Career High to Finally Lift Sky Past Fever

Revenge tastes best on your home court. The Chicago Sky finally took down the Indiana Fever after back-to-back losses earlier this season in Indianapolis. Even more exciting, they did it in front of a packed Wintrust Arena crowd behind a...

Latest News

Tuesday’s MLB Computer Picks & Best Bets – June 25

Tuesday's MLB schedule features 15 contests, including the matchup between the Cleveland Guardians and the Baltimore Orioles. We have best bets for every game below.MLB picks todayCleveland Guardians at Baltimore Orioles Odds, Lines & PredictionsGame infoWhen: 6:35 PM ETWhere: Oriole...

How to Watch Reds vs. Pirates: Live Stream or on TV

In a series opener on Tuesday, Elly De La Cruz and the Cincinnati Reds (36-41) take on Bryan Reynolds and the Pittsburgh Pirates (37-40), with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM ET at Great American Ball Park.Find out how to...

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

On Tuesday, Jarren Duran and the Boston Red Sox (42-36) take on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays (35-42), with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM ET at Fenway Park.Keep scrolling to find out all the details on...

Braves vs. Cardinals: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

On Tuesday, Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves (43-32) face Brendan Donovan and the St. Louis Cardinals (39-37), with first pitch scheduled for 7:45 PM ET at Busch Stadium.The article below will provide you with everything you need to watch...

Bulls Reportedly Extend Qualifying Offer to Patrick Williams

With the NBA Draft set for Wednesday night and free agency beginning later this weekend, the Chicago Bulls did some housekeeping. According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, the team has extended a qualifying offer to Patrick Williams. The move...

How to Watch 2024 UEFA European Championship Today TV Channel and Live Stream | Tuesday, June 25

Want to watch the 2024 UEFA European Championship matches on Tuesday? You've come to the right place. Below, we've listed the start times and TV channels for every match.Here you can find information on live coverage of all of today's...

Where to Watch France vs. Poland: UEFA European Championship 2024 TV Channel, Start Time and Live Stream

France (4 points) and Poland (0 points) meet on Tuesday, June 25 at 12:00 PM ET in the third game of Group D action at the 2024 UEFA European Championship.You should head to FOX in order to see this match.Watch...

Where to Watch Netherlands vs. Austria: UEFA European Championship 2024 TV Channel, Start Time and Live Stream

On Tuesday, June 25 at 12:00 PM ET, the Netherlands (4 points) and Austria (3 points) square off for each side's final match in Group D at the 2024 UEFA European Championship.The game between the Netherlands and Austria will be...

Mariners vs. Rays: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

On Tuesday, Julio Rodriguez and the Seattle Mariners (45-35) face Isaac Paredes and the Tampa Bay Rays (38-40), with first pitch scheduled for 6:50 PM ET at Tropicana Field.See how to watch the Seattle-Tampa Bay matchup below.When is Mariners vs....

Orioles vs. Guardians: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

On Tuesday, Gunnar Henderson and the Baltimore Orioles (49-28) open a series against Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Guardians (49-26) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM ET.The article below will provide you with...

more bulls news