7 Most likely Chicago Bulls to be traded away this summer

The Bulls must consider trading these players this offseason.
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5. Nikola Vucevic

The Bulls locked in Vooch last summer on a three-year deal worth $60 million, but he is far from the All-Star they traded for in 2021. The 33-year-old averaged 18.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 34.3 minutes per game, but he shot just 29.4 percent from 3-point range and had his worst value over replacement player (VORP) since 2014.

He is declining and his defense has become subpar. Vucevic produced a negative-0.7 defensive box plus-minus in 2024, which rated 131st of 185 qualified players. The 6’10 big man is supposed to anchor their D, but now struggles to protect the rim and defend on the perimeter. He has nowhere to hide, which has the Bulls exploring their options.

Finding a trade partner with two years and $41.4 million remaining on his contract will not be easy. Chicago would have to sell extremely low, and their front office is averse to making trades. That does not create a recipe for action this summer.

The Bulls' best bet is to keep Nikola Vucevic and try to rehab his value. Chicago likely explores his trade market this summer, but do not expect him to move. There may be rumors. Finding a trade partner is more difficult and unlikely given the 33-year-old’s play in the 2023-24 campaign.