Chicago Bulls: Which player should be traded first at the 2020 deadline?

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1. Thaddeus Young, Forward

I’ve beat this drum since it came out that the recently signed Chicago Bulls veteran forward Thaddeus Young is unhappy with his role this season in the Windy City. He needs to be traded while he still brings a decent amount of value in discussions if Boylen and the Bulls aren’t going to utilize him in the correct fashion.

Most of all, the Bulls just aren’t getting Young enough playing time this season. He’s still sitting below 22 minutes on the floor per game, and he’s averaging less than nine points per game in his limited role. He also has a player efficiency rating of just 11.1 and 0.3 win shares. The 45.6 effective field goal percentage is also one of the worst of Young’s career.

Look at how the Indiana Pacers were able to utilize Young when depth and injury issues started to plague them down the stretch last season. Young averaged 12.6 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals as he started nearly every game he played in for the last two seasons when he played in a Pacers uniform.

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Meanwhile, Young is averaging 8.7 points per game, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and one steal, while shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc this season so far with the Bulls.

There would likely be a good number of suitors if GarPax were to shop Young around heading into the trade deadline.