The Golden State Warriors find themselves in a tight spot, and the Chicago Bulls have the potential to benefit. After years of maintaining a championship contender, the Warriors face plenty of difficult decisions this offseason, and it could entail breaking up some of their core.
Stephen Curry isn’t going anywhere, and neither are Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins or Kevon Looney. Draymond Green’s status is up in the air, as he can become a free agent this summer, but the Warriors have proven in the playoffs they still depend on him. That leaves Jordan Poole as the odd man out as changes to the CBA and insanely punitive luxury tax penalties force the Warriors to offload salary.
The Chicago Bulls could be a trade destination for Jordan Poole.
Poole signed a lucrative contract extension last offseason in the wake of being punched by Draymond Green during a Warriors practice. He will make $28.7 million next season in the first year of a four-year deal. If the Warriors do shop Poole, as has been largely reported to be on the table, should the Bulls be interested?
There are scenarios where the Warriors include other young players and picks and go after one of the Bulls’ stars, and if Chicago attempts a soft reset that kind of deal could be considered. One path ahead of them is shifting their timeline for younger stars. For now, however, let’s look at a less drastic trade that would give the Bulls more offensive punch at the cost of some defense.