With the 20th pick in the NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls decided to take New Mexico’s Tony Snell. He is a 6′ 7″, 198 lb. small forward known for his shooting ability, which could fix Chicago’s lack of shooting.
During his junior season, Snell shot 42.2% from the field and 39.0% on threes. As long as he is able to translate those shooting skills to the NBA, there is no doubt that Chicago did a good job with the 20th pick.
Along with shooting, Snell is said to be a good individual defender as well. He has a 6′ 11.5″ wingspan, so that factors into how well he could defend on the perimeter. If Snell can become a consistent shooter as well as a good perimeter defender, he could arguably make the possibility of a Deng trade justified, especially since the two players are both small forwards.
In the past few days, Deng has been involved in trade rumors that would have him heading to Cleveland or Washington D.C., but nothing came of it. Now, his name is being mentioned concerning trade talks that would send Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge to Chicago.
Deng has proven to be valuable to the Bulls, as Tom Thibodeau has expressed through his excessive playing time, but with the financial situation present in Chicago, getting rid of Deng’s contract for a rookie contract would be beneficial. And now that Snell is set to join the Bulls, it seems all the more likely.
Whatever comes of Deng, whether he remains a Bull or gets shipped off to another team, having a shooter in Snell will definitely be beneficial for the Bulls.