What do the Chicago Bulls offer for James Harden?
Daryl Morey wants a star in return for James Harden or enough pieces to acquire one. Teams are not interested in Harden at that price. He is a ten-time All-Star and member of the NBA 75, but The Beard is 34 years old and has requested his third trade in three years. Franchises are not eager to pay handsomely for a declining superstar who is a flight risk on an expiring contract.
The Bulls could be the team that takes on James Harden because they want to win now. DeMar DeRozan is in the final year of his contract. Chicago is not a serious contender with Zach LaVine and has a need at point guard with Lonzo Ball already out for the season. The Bulls could free future space by trading out LaVine and if things are not working out, they have two rentals to flip at the deadline.
LaVine is a two-time All-Star and one of the best scorers in the league. His defense is suspect, but the 76ers have the reigning MVP on the backline to clean things up. Tyrese Maxey is ready to take a step forward, and the Sixers get a star in return for James Harden as they try to cling to contention.
It is a risky move for both sides, but the Philadelphia 76ers are not getting a better package. There is no superstar move available and one is unlikely to materialize given Philly’s draft assets to offer with The Beard. If the Sixers are on board, should the Bulls make it happen?