The direction that first-year executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley decide to take this Chicago Bulls team heading into the trade deadline will be interesting. Trade season has almost officially arrived around the NBA landscape, and the Bulls will be one of those teams to watch that’s hard to know if they’ll take on the role of a buyer or seller.
Following their tough 125-106 loss at home at the United Center at the hands of superstar forward Kawhi Leonard and the talented and deep Los Angeles Clippers on the night of Feb. 12, the Bulls now hold a record of 10-15. While the Bulls do still sit well within striking distance of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at this point of the regular season, they can’t get too far behind if they want to make a big push in the fourth year of this lengthy rebuild.
However, the good news is that first-year head coach Billy Donovan does look to be moving this young Bulls core in the right direction still early in the regular season. The Bulls do look greatly improved, especially on the offensive end of the floor, compared to how they fared under former head coach Jim Boylen in the prior two seasons.
There’s still a long way that this Bulls rebuild has to go before they become legitimate contenders. Making a big splash at the trade deadline could be an interesting move for Karnisovas and the Bulls to move this rebuild further in the right direction.
With the 2021 trade deadline just around the corner (set for March 25), here’s a look into three early targets on the market for the Bulls.