The Chicago Bulls have stabilized after a poor start to the season, with a winning record since mid-December. They have climbed back to 10th in the Eastern Conference and are within striking distance of climbing even further.
Zach LaVine looks healthy and back in form, while the rest of the rotation seems to be putting things together. While there is still a long-term case for the Bulls to trade one of their tentpole stars and either retool or rebuild, the Bulls’ recent success has perhaps stalled the momentum for a larger move.
The Chicago Bulls are unlikely to make a blockbuster trade, but a smaller deal could still happen.
Instead, the Bulls will likely be looking on the margins, and one area they need to think about is their backup guard room. Coby White is heading towards restricted free agency and has been a part of trade rumors for years. With Ayo Dosunmo starting over White, and both Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball higher up in the rotation when healthy, it seems unlikely the Bulls want to hand White a large contract in free agency.
Could they move White now, then, to get back value for a player they may let walk this summer? The Washington Wizards just did something similar with Rui Hachimura; is there a team out there who may be interested in improving their backup point guard position and would offer something similar? The New York Knicks are one option, but there are others as well.
In his recent Trade Deadline Preview, ESPN NBA Insider Bobby Marks pitched a trade idea with the Phoenix Suns that could work for both sides.