Three teams get involved here to make this portion of the trade happen. The Bulls do have a hard time matching salaries with the Wizards if LaVine is not included in the deal. And the Bulls might not want to give up on LaVine so quickly, even if it means bringing in another standout guard that plays his same position.
The third team that helps out in this possible trade package is the Portland Trail Blazers. What the Trail Blazers send out to make this deal happen is their own star shooting guard C.J. McCollum along with rookie former North Carolina Tar Heels small forward Nassir Little. This gives the Bulls two more team-friendly deals, by getting off the OPJ money and potentially expediting the rebuild at the same time.
For much of the 2019-20 regular season prior to the COVID-19 pandemic-induced hiatus, the Trail Blazers were looking for a lot of help at the small forward and center positions. Beyond former Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, the Blazers didn’t have much to offer at the five until Jusuf Nurkic was to return from injury.
The Wizards do get a decent haul here to still slot alongside Wall. McCollum is sent over from the Blazers to help out in the nation’s capital. And they also get a future second round draft pick and small forward Chandler Hutchison (who still offers some value as a two-way wing) along with a future first from the Blazers.