After years of disappointment and subpar play, the Chicago Bulls have finally returned to a state of relevancy in the Eastern Conference. In fact, amid a particularly dominant stretch, they find themselves with the fourth-best record in the entire NBA.
But while the Bulls are certainly not a team that needs to make any changes, they might have one more move up their sleeve.
In a recent article, NBA analyst and former league executive John Hollinger revealed that Chicago could have plans to trade Patrick Williams, opening up the potential to acquire some additional talent.
Chicago also has another tantalizing possibility in its hip pocket: Patrick Williams. The fourth pick in the 2020 draft is out for the season with a wrist injury, but he could be the icing on a trade sundae for the right player. Would the Bulls consider dealing him in a Harrison Barnes package, for instance? What about for Detroit’s Jerami Grant? A Grant-for-Williams (and, um, Jones and Brown) swap has to at least get Detroit’s attention, right? That might be one of my favorite fake trades right now.
Obviously, there is no proof that the Bulls will make any trades ahead of the deadline, but any move they make could help to give them an edge over their competitors.
Regardless, the Bull shave more than enough talent. Between Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball, and Nikola Vucevic, they have a solid core that can compete against anyone.
In fact, that core is what drew DeMar DeRozan to the team in the first place.
What they were building... When they made the move for Vucevic midway through the season last year, I was like "let me see what it is"... I've always been a fan of Zach, hell of a player, hell of a talent. He deserves everything that's coming his way... Lonzo Ball, another player that has so much potential... It just felt right. It was something that I wanted to be a part of... Imagine going there and winning in Chicago.
So far, Chicago has been solid on both ends of the floor and the team's early dominance has been surprising to many around the community.
But with the playoffs still months away, the Bulls might not be done shaping their roster. If they play their cards right, they could really tip the scales in their favor.