2. Bulls give 76ers star for James Harden pieces
The Philadelphia 76ers slow-played James Harden’s trade request because they wanted a star in return or the pieces to deal for one. Ultimately, Philadelphia got four role players, two first-round picks, two second-round selections, and one first-round pick swap for the ten-time All-Star.
76ers president Daryl Morey will now take that package and try to trade it for win-now help before the deadline. They need more talent around Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey to be true title contenders. Morey is always star-hunting, and DeRozan will be available if the Bulls do not improve.
The six-time All-Star’s expiring contract could leave the Sixers with enough capital to make a second deal. DeRozan is an elite scorer and offers some necessary ball-handling and playmaking in Philly. The Sixers do not take a ton of 3-pointers, but spacing would be a concern.
Daryl Morey’s hunger for a star is an advantage for the Chicago Bulls. They could have two on the block before the trade deadline. There will certainly be talks, and it could allow the Bulls to get a bit extra in the final deal.
If the Bulls decide to gamble on a franchise’s uncertain future, they may try to pry an unprotected future first from the Lakers.