What’s the benefit of this trade for the Bulls?
Let’s assume for now that the Hornets would accept this trade. Would the Bulls? This trade sends out Coby White and a second-round pick a long ways from now to add Jae Crowder. He would instantly step in as the starting 4 and provide pathways to a 5-out offense for the Bulls.
That’s a powerful and versatile weapon for Chicago to have in their tool belt. Crowder is a high-volume gunner from power forward, with the size and determination to defend larger players. He is, essentially, the quintessential 3-and-D forward, and he has played a key role on multiple teams that reached the NBA Finals.
At age 32 there is no question that Crowder’s best is behind him, but there is no reason he can’t stick around the league for years as a role player. Names like Danny Green and P.J. Tucker have used defensive savvy and a jump shot to continue contributing well into their 30s, and there is no reason the Bulls couldn’t get similar value out of Crowder.
The Bulls should say yes to this deal, moving low-value assets for a starter who can help them maximize this season and potentially stick around on a new deal for years to come. This trade proposal is likely defunct because of how the Hornets get stung, but another version could help the Bulls land Crowder and make a real run at the playoffs this season.