1. DeMar gets traded for a top center
This trade scenario would likely lead to both DeRozan and Vucevic leaving the Bulls, as the addition of an All-Star center would make the front office less likely to spend on their current one. If Jarrett Allen comes to the Bulls, Chicago would be getting an interior presence that is rare in the NBA. The 6-foot-11 center was an all-star last year and averaged 16.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while shooting 67.7% from the field. Allen was a top-tier lob threat and a key piece of the Cavaliers defense that was #1 in defensive rating this year.
He did see a diminished role this season, as the addition of Donovan Mitchell and the development of Evan Mobley saw his stat line take a step back. However, he would come to Chicago as the lead big man and second-best player on the team, and his stats would likely resemble that of last year. The Chicago Bulls have been missing the kind of paint presence that a player like Jarrett Allen brings to the table, and they could finally bring a highly-efficient big man to the team.
The Bulls would also get Isaac Okoro in this situation, a 22-year-old who was the 5th overall pick in 2020. The small forward is a very good defender, oftentimes being the go-to option to guard wings while on the Cavaliers.
The addition of Okoro brings an excellent defensive presence while adding a 36.3% three-point shooter that still has plenty of time to develop his shot even further. In Okoro’s three years in the league, he has improved his three-point shooting percentage each year. This shows the potential that he can bring to the Chicago Bulls as an add-on to the deal.
With the result of this season, it is likely that the Chicago Bulls cannot become contenders with its current big three. With DeMar and Vooch both aging and not guaranteed to be with the team in two years, it is worth pursuing potential trade options to get good, young assets while their trade values are still high. There are plenty of opportunities for the Bulls to make moves, as the two are in high demand for contenders. Because of this, the front office must try to find some good deals that can advance the Chicago Bulls in the future.