Bulls Rumors: Chicago was interested in trading for Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mitchell Robinson Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

Most of the Bulls rumors we’re going to see rolling in during the days following the trade deadline are concerning any potential moves the front office can make on the buyout market. But there are still some rumors coming in for the Bulls concerning the trade deadline that is now in the rearview mirror.

That includes one recent report from Marc Berman of the New York Post that mentions how the Bulls’ front office was looking into the idea of trading for big man Mitchell Robinson from the New York Knicks at the trade deadline last week. This report from Berman of the New York Post on Feb. 13 tabbed the Bulls and Detroit Pistons as two teams that were kicking the tires on a Robinson trade at the deadline on Feb. 10.

Daniel Greenberg brought up this rumor once again in a post on his Twitter timeline on Feb. 14. He also tabbed how the Bulls are likely going to be interested in pursuing Robinson when he hits the free agent market come next offseason.

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Robinson is in the final year of his rookie contract, thus he will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Ironically enough, it was the Bulls trading the 36th pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft that got Robinson to the Knicks in the first place. That was a second-round draft pick that the Bulls shipped off back during the 2017 offseason to also get the likes of point guard Cameron Payne, big man Taj Gibson, and wing Doug McDermott to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

That pick would obviously end up with the Knicks the following year, getting Robinson to the Big Apple to start his NBA career.

Moreover, it looks like the Bulls’ front office is still intent on getting help to provide more backcourt depth at some point in the near future. Whether that be by way of the buyout market this season or out of the free agent market next offseason, the Bulls are likely going to get some quality backup center somewhere soon.

Robinson would definitely bring a dominant presence on the boards for the Bulls right away if they signed him next offseason. He’s averaging around nine rebounds per game and two blocks in around 25 minutes played per game this season for the Knicks.

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Second-year head coach Billy Donovan and the Bulls are currently sporting a record of 36-21 as they’re taking on head coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs at home on Feb. 14. The Bulls were one of the few contenders in the Eastern Conference this season that stayed quiet at the trade deadline.