Chicago Bulls: 3 trades to get Kemba Walker from the Celtics

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3) Chicago Bulls trades to get Kemba Walker

It won’t be easy, any way you spin it, for the Bulls to land Walker from the Celtics. Kemba is one of the true star point guards in the NBA heading into the 2020-21 season. And although he’s not really young (30 years of age), he should still have at least two or three years left of high level production in the back end of his prime, if not longer.

That means that the Bulls have to part ways with a lot to be able not only to match salaries with Kemba, but to get the Celtics to the table for discussions in the first place. In this particular trade deal, the Bulls are parting ways with the likes of fourth-year former Arizona Wildcats power forward Lauri Markkanen, former Duke Blue Devils center Wendell Carter Jr., and veteran small forward Otto Porter Jr.

In exchange, the Bulls get Kemba and the former Indiana Hoosiers talented shooting guard and former five-star recruit Romeo Langford. The Bulls get a potential nice addition to their young core with Langford, who can learn and develop under White, shooting guard Zach LaVine, and continue to have Kemba as a mentor. And Kemba is obviously a huge addition to the backcourt rotation too.

The problem that this type of deal would present for the Bulls is the lack of depth they would have left in the frontcourt rotation after parting ways with Markkanen and WCJ. They would have to rebuild that part of the rotation, but they do have the fourth overall pick in the 2020 draft lottery to get started on that process, and the next free agent cycle later this week.