There’s a growing belief around the NBA that the Bulls are open to discussing trades for anyone on their roster – and any assets they hold – besides Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., sources familiar with the team’s plans tell Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.
Still, while the Bulls will likely consider a number of trade options this offseason, Mayberry makes a case that the club shouldn’t part ways with the No. 7 overall pick. Mayberry argues that cashing in their chips now for a veteran could be both premature and risky for the Bulls, who would have marginal assets available going forward. Plus, the No. 7 selection has proven valuable for the franchise in recent years — Markkanen and Carter were both selected at that spot.
Meanwhile, K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune tackles a handful of Bulls-related topics in his latest mailbag, exploring draft, trade, and free agency options. Johnson believes the Bulls would “absolutely” try to get involved as a facilitator in a multi-team Anthony Davis trade, and later suggests that if Chicago pursues an RFA point guard, Malcolm Brogdon is probably a more realistic target than D’Angelo Russell.
Here’s more from around the Central:
- Reiterating his stance from last fall, Pau Gasol told Jesus Perez Ramos of MundoDeportivo.com that he intends to continue his playing career in 2019/20, even after suffering a stress fracture in his foot. Gasol, who will be an unrestricted free agent, will see what happens in free agency, but expressed interest in sticking with the Bucks, a team he believes has championship potential (hat tip to Travis Durkee of Sporting News).
- Joe Vardon of The Athletic takes a closer look at the Cavaliers‘ hiring of new assistant coach Lindsay Gottlieb, as well as owner Dan Gilbert‘s involvement in that decision and the rest of the team’s offseason plans. Gilbert continues to recover from a stroke, but has granted his approval – at least conceptually – for roster moves the Cavs might make this summer, says Vardon.
- The Pacers conducted their seventh pre-draft workout on Thursday, hosting Sandy Cohen III (Wisconsin-Green Bay), Bruno Fernando (Maryland), Daniel Gafford (Arkansas), Paul Jorgensen (Butler), Terance Mann (Florida State), and Jaylen Nowell (Washington), according to the team. Tremont Waters (LSU) also visited the club but didn’t work out due to an injury.
- The Pistons also worked out six prospects today, bringing in Jordan Bone (Tennessee), Charlie Brown (St. Joseph’s), Jalek Felton (Slovenia), Trevor Manuel (Olivet), Zach Norvell Jr. (Gonzaga), and Dererk Pardon (Northwestern) for a look (Twitter link via Keith Langlois of Pistons.com).