Three-Team Deal Sees Trail Blazers Land Matisse Tybulle, 76ers Get Jalen McDaniels from Charlotte

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, we have another three-team trade!

The Philidelphia 76ers will trade All-Defensive Team member Matisse Thybulle to the Portland Trail Blazers and acquire 25-year-old forward Jalen McDaniels from the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets will reportedly receive multiple second-round picks in return.

From a Chicago Bulls perspective, this is exactly what you want to see the Trail Blazers do. After getting rid of Josh Hart on Wednesday for Cam Reddish and a first-rounder, they created a rather significant hole defensively. However, there seemed to be a clear intention to fill that hole with arguably an even better and cheaper defender in Thybulle. While his lack of shooting remains a problem, the Trail Blazers’ 5th-place offense isn’t in a position where they need him to do much on that end.

Indeed, the combination of Thybulle and a healthy Gary Payton II should help a 26th-ranked Portland defense begin to trend in the right direction. The team currently sits 10th in the Western Conference and just 2.5 games back from a potential top-6 seed. The Bulls would love nothing more than for them to continue their journey up the leaderboard, as we all know they own the team’s 2023 lottery-protected first-round pick.

As for the 76ers, McDaniels is a pretty stellar addition to the rotation. He provides similar defensive versatility as Thybulle – albeit, not at the same elite level – and at least an adequate jump shot. I’m honestly dumbfounded by the Hornets’ decision to move on from him in the thick of a clear rebuild. He’s the kind of developmental talent a franchise normally wants to continue to invest in at this point, but I guess they preferred some second-rounders.

At least the Bulls aren’t the Hornets, right!? Sorry, MJ …

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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.

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