If the Chicago Bulls are involved in a big trade soon, it could be with the Los Angeles Clippers to send out forward Thaddeus Young.
A veteran forward that is being criminally underutilized with the Chicago Bulls this season is the former Indiana Pacers starter Thaddeus Young. And due to that limited usage under head coach Jim Boylen with the Bulls so far this season, Young was visibly unhappy with his role. Given the face that he’s playing in less than 22 minutes per game this season and is without a single start, can you really blame Young for being unhappy with the Bulls thus far?
And if a veteran forward that commands a lot of respect around the NBA, like Young, is unhappy in his role with a non-playoff team like the Bulls, then it doesn’t take long before trade rumors start to surface. That’s where his status in his first season in a Bulls uniform seems to be trending right now.
Dan Woike of the LA Times reported on Dec. 28 that one of the Los Angeles Clippers emerging trade targets as we move closer to the 2020 deadline is Young. That would be the first big trade of the regular season for the Clippers.
So far this season, Young is averaging 8.8 points per game, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists, while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from beyond the arc. He has just 0.5 win shares and a player efficiency rating of 11.3 on the season.
Who would the Clippers move if they were trying to target Young from the Bulls?
Turning to the young core of players they kept alongside their two superstar additions from last offseason might be the way for the Clippers to go. Center Montrezl Harrell is in the midst of a contract year, and forward Maurice Harkless was the subject of a handful of trade discussions around the fans and media this season.
The Clippers are largely devoid of future draft assets after trading the Oklahoma City Thunder to land superstar forward Paul George, to pair with Kawhi Leonard, last offseason. PG and Kawhi have pushed the Clippers to a record of 23-11 on the season so far, good for the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings.
The Bulls currently carry a record of 13-20 after a decisive Dec. 28 win over the Atlanta Hawks. They are still within striking distance of getting a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but it wouldn’t take much for them to fall out of contention either. Boylen doesn’t inspire much confidence in where the Bulls are headed this season.