The Chicago Bulls aren’t exactly a threat in the Eastern Conference right now even though they do have some exciting young talent such as Coby White and Lauri Markkanen. It might take at least a few years before they develop into impactful players, meaning the Bulls have a long rebuilding period ahead of them. But they can make some drastic moves to improve their standing in the East and actually create the most powerful team in the conference.

By biting the bullet and parting ways with their young talent and draft picks, Chicago can create the best team in the Eastern Conference. They would have to strike deals with the San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons, and Philadelphia 76ers to make this happen. Given the attractive young pieces and picks the Bulls have, this can very well be possible.

Here is the starting lineup that the Chicago Bulls can have next season to become the best team in the Eastern Conference.

 

Point Guard: Derrick Rose

Trade Package: Kris Dunn, future 2nd round pick, Chandler Hutchison for Derrick Rose

The Chicago Bulls legend Derrick Rose should absolutely play his last years with the franchise. After all, he was drafted by them and had his historic MVP season in Chicago. Rose will never repeat that 2009 season again but he looked like an All-Star last season. Rose averaged 18.1 PPG and 5.6 APG for the Detroit Pistons and he should not be in Detroit’s plans for the coming year.

Derrick Rose with the Chicago Bulls is a blessing for NBA fans because that is where he always belonged. It is well documented that Derrick Rose was heartbroken when the Bulls traded him, so it only makes sense to make it up for their player. Rose might be the best Bulls player since Michael Jordan, and he is a star playmaker and scorer that immediately upgrades the point guard position.

 

Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan

Trade Package: Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter, Thaddeus Young, Thomas Satoransky, future 1st round pick for DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge

The Spurs are going nowhere just like the Chicago Bulls, so they should take advantage and try to acquire DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan is one of the best isolation players in the NBA even though his style of play doesn’t quite suit the modern NBA anymore. DeRozan can be the primary option on offense for Chicago and be the best perimeter scorer since Jimmy Butler was on the team.

DeRozan had a strong season by averaging 22.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 5.6 APG even though his team isn’t good right now. Greg Popovich is on his way out very soon, so the Spurs should part ways with DeRozan and even LaMarcus Aldridge to begin building their draft stash.

 

Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony

2020 Free Agent

Carmelo Anthony is a free agent this offseason after proving himself to be a capable starter in the NBA after being unemployed for a while. A player like Melo will always be able to score the ball in bunches and he proves it with the Trail Blazers by averaging 15.4 PPG this season. Anthony will probably look for a team that will guarantee him minutes for at least the next two seasons, and the Chicago Bulls might do that.

With the likes of Derrick Rose and DeMar DeRozan on the squad, Carmelo Anthony might see Chicago as the best fit. If they offer him the best contract and fulfill their promise to play win-now basketball, they might have a shot at the former All-Star. Melo and DeRozan would be an offensive nightmare for teams as they can both play in isolation when a bucket is needed.

 

Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge

Trade Package: Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter, Thaddeus Young, Thomas Satoransky, future 1st round pick for DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge, like DeMar DeRozan, is wasting his talent on a non-playoff contender like the San Antonio Spurs. If the Bulls manage to convince the Spurs to trade DeRozan, they could also acquire LaMarcus Aldridge in the same deal. Aldridge will forever be a knockdown mid-range shooter and has shown he can extend to the three as well at times. Aldridge averaged 18.9 PPG and 7.4 RPG for the Spurs, numbers he is expected to produce once again this season.

The Bulls can ship out future All-Star Lauri Markkanen, veteran Thaddeus Young, and Otto Porter along with Satoransky and a future pick to San Antonio. The other fillers are nice, but the Spurs need Markkanen to begin their rebuild alongside Derrick White and Lonnie Walker IV. In a way to finish with the contracts of both DeRozan and Aldridge, the Spurs might assist the Bulls in having the most powerful lineup in the Eastern Conference.

 

Center: Joel Embiid

Trade Package: No. 4 Pick, Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter for Joel Embiid

If the Bulls acquire Joel Embiid, they are right in the mix in the East. Especially when surrounding Embiid with the likes of Rose, Aldridge, and DeRozan; Embiid has the best talent around him in his career. Rose and DeRozan are better scorers than Ben Simmons and Rose is actually an above-average playmaker. Embiid needs scorers to help shoulder the load on his shoulders because he constantly draws comparisons to the likes of Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley because of his talent. Getting help allows Embiid to forget the pressure of being the focal point and just play his game.

The Sixers should build around Ben Simmons and adding Zach LaVine adds someone close to his age and adds another shooter. Wendell Carter can be a star one day and he will fit well alongside Simmons and LaVine. The Sixers could give up on the Embiid and Simmons pairing making way for a blockbuster deal that sends All-Star Joel Embiid to the Bulls.

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