Grade the trade: Bulls land defensive monster in proposed blockbuster trade idea

In a proposed trade by Bleacher Report, the Chicago Bulls would land one of the best defenders in the league in a potential Zach LaVine package.
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The Chicago Bulls are nearing the end of their season as the play-in tournament is just a couple of weeks away. While they still have the opportunity to make the playoffs, it’s unlikely that they’ll go anywhere past the first round at the very latest. With that said, it’s time to start looking ahead to the offseason. 

Losing Zach LaVine early in the season hurt their chances of having much success, but LaVine isn’t even likely to be on the roster by this time next year. LaVine’s departure from Chicago is imminent at this point, and the Bulls need to be looking at other options to help beef up their roster.

Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley proposed a trade that would land the Bulls one of the best players in the association, Jonathan Isaac. Isaac is a player who was once well-known for his defense, but due to an ACL injury, he hasn’t played much over the last few seasons. That said, he’s making a resurgence and has reclaimed his status as an elite defender. 

Would Isaac be a good fit for the Bulls?

The short answer is yes. Isaac isn’t a flashy player, but he’s very reliable when he plays. Paired in a frontcourt with Nikola Vucevic who’s very offensive-minded, Isaac could create a very nice balance in the starting five. Isaac is a great “three and D” player, as his elite defense is paired with a 39.2 percent 3PT%. 

Roughly two weeks ago against the Sacramento Kings, Isaac scored 25 points to go along with seven rebounds and three stocks (steals + blocks). Not only was this stat line impressive, but Isaac was a +26 in a two-point loss. 

This wouldn’t be a nightly occurrence, but it shows how impressive he can be. Isaac is only 26 years old and has plenty of time to develop even further. As he gets back into the swing of things, he could tremendously help the Bulls in a push for the playoffs. 

As previously mentioned, he would really balance out the roster, adding some defense to a starting five that is more known for their offensive production. Especially if Coby White continues to make strides, and helps pick up slack in the backcourt offensively. 

Having three players averaging nearly or over 20 PPG, and an elite defender either coming off the bench or starting with that group would be a recipe for success. This is especially true if the Bulls can get Isaac in a package deal for LaVine, and add another player to help improve the team even further. 

Grade: A