If the Chicago Bulls managed to pull off a big trade with the Los Angeles Lakers to land a young standout forward that could rejuvenate the frontcourt rotation, it might be worth it. There’s a lot of moving parts in this trade package, and it could mean that the Bulls give up more than they would anticipate to get a deal done with the Lakers.
Does this mean the Bulls have to ditch all plans on third-year power forward Lauri Markkanen?
But does this also mean that the Bulls could get a better return in a player that just got a taste of what it’s like to play on a championship caliber team?
It’s hard to imagine how Markkanen would be contributing at a lower level for the Bulls than what they could get out of the Lakers power forward Kyle Kuzma. At least Kuzma is shooting around 33 percent from downtown and better than 45 percent from the field. Markkanen, meanwhile, still is shooting around 28 percent from three-point range and well under 40 percent from the field.
The other key pieces to this trade deal between the Bulls and Lakers are rookie wing Talen Horton-Tucker and small forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope going to Chicago, and combo guard Tomas Satoransky and big man Luke Kornet going to LA.
If Markkanen, Sato, and Kornet continue to struggle after slow starts and KCP, Horton-Tucker, and Kuzma are all still playing well, then this deal makes a lot of sense for the Bulls. Plus the Lakers get that floor general they seem to be missing in the rotation right now.