Chicago Bulls: 3 players that could go with Arturas Karnisovas as lead exec

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2. Thaddeus Young, Forward

There were already rumblings of the Bulls potentially moving veteran forward Thaddeus Young at the outset of the offseason since they didn’t ship him out at the trade deadline. Much like Sato, the inaugural season of Young playing in a Bulls uniform didn’t do much to help his case or the rebuild.

A number of problems existed for the fit of Young with the Bulls this season. Head coach Jim Boylen tried to force Young into taking too many three-pointers. His usage was very different compared to how it was working in the past. He didn’t get to work in the paint as much, or drive and kick to his teammates like he did at times with the Sixers and Indiana Pacers.

The same argument could be used for Karnisovas and the Bulls to try Sato as there is for Young. Both players could still command a good amount of trade value on the open market, but not if they keep trending down this inefficient path with the Bulls. Young doesn’t have all that many years left in the NBA in his prime.

Prior to the NBA hiatus, Young played in 64 games while averaging 10.3 points per game, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 steals, while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from beyond the arc. He also registered a -1.1 box plus/minus rating, 0.4 value over replacement player rating, .058 win shares per 48 minutes, and a 52.1 true shooting percentage.