Rockets rumor could be beneficial to the Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls v Houston Rockets
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The Chicago Bulls could be active this summer retooling their roster after Arturas Karnisovas promised change at the end of another disappointing season in which the Bulls failed to make the playoffs. 

The Bulls have limited trade assets due to a lack of tradable future draft picks and only one young player (Coby White) who they want to keep for the long term and isn’t going anywhere. 

The Bulls do have Zach LaVine, Alex Caruso and Nikola Vucevic, though “asset” may be a stretch in LaVine’s case, as no one seems to be willing to take on the three years left on his deal. 

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They also have the 11th pick in the draft, and all of these things combined could lead to a trade or two this summer. 

Chicago Bulls: Trading with the Houston Rockets 

Mike Scotto of HoopsHype recently reported that the Rockets will be shopping the 3rd pick in the draft in seek of proven help, as they are already loaded with young talent and don’t have room for much more. 

Caruso would be a nice fit, though it’s unlikely the Rockets would give up the third pick in exchange for one year of Caruso, fit or not. If the Bulls were to attach their own 11th pick to the deal, Houston may have some interest. 

The Bulls would get a chance at a higher-tier draft prospect, though in this draft, you could argue that they have about as much chance of finding a star at 11 as they do with the 3rd pick. Chicago would have to really like someone at the top of the draft, otherwise Caruso and pick 11 are arguably more valuable. 

Chicago could also get involved in a deal that could potentially land them one of Houston’s excess young players (Tari Eason comes to mind) if Houston decides to keep their pick but still wants a veteran player. 

With plenty of teams eager to make trades around the 2024 NBA Draft, the Bulls may be able to cash in on another team’s need for quality veteran players like Caruso. 

There will be teams calling, but we’ll have to wait and see if any of the offers are better for the Bulls than just keeping Caruso and looking to make changes elsewhere.