Part three of a six-part series of Chicago Bulls trade packages features the Bulls’ own division: the NBA’s Central Division.
Trading within your own division is one of the toughest things to do, as helping the teams that you play against the most is never a smart idea. Thus, one cannot expect to see any blockbusters go down between the Chicago Bulls and another Central Division team. However, smaller trades between these five organizations are very realistic possibilities.
Thus, the Bulls must be very careful in moving their assets to division rivals, whether those assets be pieces for another franchise’s future or so that a rival can try to win now. This line is a very fine one, and one single mistake can create implications that last far beyond 2019-2020. On the contrary, however, the Bulls could take advantage of another team’s assets and make them sorry they ever made a deal.
The Central Division is one with a wide variety of teams: the contending Milwaukee Bucks, the underrated Indiana Pacers, the up-and-coming Bulls, the soon to be rebuilding Detroit Pistons, and the currently rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers. With such a variety of franchises in the division, this slideshow is sure to be filled with all types of trades, both buying and selling for the Bulls.
With this being said, it is time to take a look at four trade packages that the Chicago Bulls could put together, one for each team in the Central Division. Per usual, each trade scenario will be followed by a thorough explanation as to why the deal makes sense for both franchises. Additionally, each trade is abides by the NBA’s salary cap and roster number rules.