Pelicans’ Big Man Willy Hernangómez Is Reportedly on the Bulls’ Radar
I wouldn’t necessarily call this kicking off trade deadline week with a bang, but I guess it’s … uh … something. According to The Sporting News Spain’s Serge Rabinal, the Chicago bulls are one of four teams expressing interest in Pelicans’ big man Willy Hernangómez.
The Spanish center is being closely watched by several teams, most of them from the Eastern Conference, although nothing has materialized yet.
Among those franchises interested in Hernangómez would be, according to sources, the Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. However, the current moment in the market makes it impossible to determine if an operation will end up taking place that will take the Madrid player out of New Orleans.
Note: The above quote from the original article has been translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate.
I do have to wonder if all four of these teams have any interest in trading for the big man or perhaps waiting to see if he hits the buyout market. With all due respect to Hernangómez, he just doesn’t seem like someone who possesses much trade value at the moment. While he’s averaged a decent 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in roughly 13 minutes of action per game, he’s only appeared in 27 total contests this season. In fact, Hernangómez hasn’t played in more than 58 games in a season since his rookie campaign in 2016-17.
He is currently in the second year of a three-year, $7.3 million year, meaning any team that trades for him would have full control next season at a cheap $2.5 million. So as palatable as that is for a backup big, Hernangómez hasn’t necessarily proven that he’s even a formidable backup. For a team like the Chicago Bulls, if they aren’t interested in having Andre Drummond play that role more regularly, I’m just not sure why they would think differently with Hernangómez (who is the same age with a far weaker resume).
Perhaps the interest merely stems from needing a backup to finish out the rest of the regular season IF the find a trade partner for Drummond. And, as I said, they would at least have control of Hernangómez next season, whereas Drummond could opt out of his $3.4 million deal. I don’t know. At the end of the day, this rumor doesn’t do much for me, and I’m not expecting it to really lead anywhere.