Any trade discussion involving the Chicago Bulls and veteran forward Thaddeus Young will carry a good amount of salary matching concerns.
A more realistic move that the Chicago Bulls could make this offseason would be looking for a trade for one of their veteran free agent signings from last summer. Last offseason, the three major free agent signings for the Bulls included former New York Knicks center Luke Kornet, Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young, and Washington Wizards combo guard Tomas Satoransky.
The Bulls got Kornet as a minimum signing from the Knicks to try and add a floor spacing big man and a rim protector in the mix. But the Bulls got anything but that since Kornet was injured often, and mostly shaky when he was on the floor during the 2019-20 season.
Sato was the best signing among these three for the Bulls out of the gates in the season that was. But his play definitely waned down the stretch, as he registered a -1.3 box plus/minus rating, 0.3 value over replacement player rating, 3.5 win shares, and a 53.3 true shooting percentage. A chance is still there that Sato could respond in a big way next season. But he will need quite the bounce back to do so.
As far as Young goes, his play was up and down during the 2019-20 season too. Young was largely miscast by now former Bulls head coach Jim Boylen throughout most of the season, though. He has never really taken as many three-point attempts per game as he did during the 2019-20 season, and he wasn’t allowed to work in the paint and from the mid-range as much.
Young was usually the most often-discussed Bulls player this season on the trade block, since it might be worth seeing what value still lies out there for him.
Here’s a look into the three potential targets that the Bulls could snag in a trade for the veteran forward Young.