Central Notes: Bulls, Gasol, Cavs, Pacers, Pistons

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.

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13 thoughts on “Central Notes: Bulls, Gasol, Cavs, Pacers, Pistons

  1. hiflew

    How valuable can the #7 pick really be to the Bulls if they are selecting there every year?

    • x%sure

      That was a bit too philosophical… And #7 this year might be the last spot to pick up a decent PG.

    • tylerknowsbaseball

      I retract my previous statement. I had no idea he want to my Alma Mater, a tiny ass d3 “college” in the middle of nowhere. Had I known they had a pro prospect, I would have checked him out.

  2. Skip, Tampa

    Now that’s funny stuff.
    Ask GarPax they seem to love it. Only thing better is adding in Daddy Ball to this as a 3rd team.

  3. Richard Hangslow

    So the Bulls are looking to middle it again. Is anyone really surprised?

    • SilvioDante

      Why does everyone automatically believe 100% what they read? Just because someone writes it doesn’t mean it’s true. My lord, think things through his n your own once in awhile. Take all of this info, especially at this time of the year, w a grain of salt people.

      • knickscavsfan

        Exactly. Kuddos on the name too. “i put provolone cheese in my socks at night so they smell like your sisters crotch in the morning” is one of my all-time favorite TV quotes.

  4. Jason Lancaster

    Bulls are one of the worst managed franchises in pro sports. The owner is a penny pincher who was too cheap to re-sign Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen, the gArPaX is a proven disaster, and the Chicago market consistently underperforms as a result.

    When is the NBA going to get serious about owner quality? What’s it going to take? NY and Chicago are both dumpster fires…

    And Chicago is talking about trading prospects for veterans. Great idea guys. Nothing says mediocre like win now moves that result in a first round exit.

    • ChiSoxCity

      J.R. hangs his hat on MJ’s legacy. Gotta love it how empty suits luck out on a draft pick, and take credit for everything that player accomplishes. Anyway, the Bulls are a dead franchise like so many others in the NBA. Nothing will change until the organization is gutted… yeah that ain’t happening anytime soon. Bulls fans need to find a hobby.

    • omahaomaha

      Agree. Sad thing is the lemming fans keep showing up and giving JR sellouts. Hot garbage

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