A very busy day at the trade deadline thus far on the morning of March 25 for first-year Chicago Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley has amounted to a lot of roster movement. The Bulls have enacted trades with both the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards to radically reshape their core and roster as a whole. A number of Bulls rumors heading into trade deadline day have played out in some form or fashion.
The first big deal that the Bulls made on trade deadline day involved the Magic. They pulled off a blockbuster deal that sent veteran small forward Otto Porter Jr. and third-year center Wendell Carter Jr. to the Magic for a return of star big man Nikola Vucevic and forward Al-Farouq Aminu. Karnisovas and the Bulls also sent two protected first round draft picks to the Magic in this deal.
Then later in the morning of March 25, the Bulls made a deal with the Wizards for the second deadline in the past three years. They shipped off second-year center Daniel Gafford and third-year small forward Chandler Hutchison to the Wizards for a return of 21-year-old small forward Troy Brown and former Los Angeles Lakers big man Mo Wagner.
More action to come on Bulls rumors concerning Thaddeus Young?
And the Bulls new front office regime does not look like they are going to cool down anytime soon during the trading window on deadline day. According to a report from Joe Cowley on Twitter of the Chicago Sun-Times on March 25, the Bulls are “taking calls” for trade discussions on veteran forward Thaddeus Young.
That report came after the Bulls got the deal done with the Magic to land Vucevic and Aminu. But it might cool down a bit after they got the deal done with the Wizards to bring Brown and Wagner to Chicago.
This might be a move where the Bulls front office is just trying to test the waters to see if there are any moves out there that are worth hearing out to ship off Young. This season saw first-year head coach Billy Donovan completely turnaround the usage and efficiency of the veteran forward Young this season.
Young was slotted into the starting five post-All-Star Break and became one of the most integral veteran pieces of the rotation this season.
Young and the Bulls now hold a record of 19-24 following their tough loss to the divisional foe Cleveland Cavaliers on March 24. It will be interesting to see if any other Bulls rumors play out on March 25, including the possibility of landing point guard Lonzo Ball from the New Orleans Pelicans.