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NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls Are Exploring Trade Market For Nikola Vucevic

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Nikola Vucevic Responds To Rumor That He Thinks He'll Stay With The Chicago Bulls: "How Do They Know What I'm Thinking?"

Nikola Vucevic is the current starting center for the Chicago Bulls. He is a former All-Star, and he has the ability to shoot from range as a center, while also being a capable post player. During the regular season, Nikola Vucevic averaged 17.6 PPG, 11.0 RPG, and 3.2 APG.

Despite his ability, it seems as though the Chicago Bulls could potentially move Nikola Vucevic in the future. Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report has recently revealed that the Bulls "remain invested" in acquiring a "frontcourt lynchpin" that will work well with Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, and have continued to "explore the trade market" for Vucevic.

Meanwhile, the Bulls remain invested in finding the optimal frontcourt lynchpin to pair with LaVine and DeRozan. Chicago continues to explore the trade market for two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, sources said.

It remains to be seen if the Chicago Bulls do end up moving Nikola Vucevic in the future. As far as starting centers go, he is one of the best offensively, but the Chicago Bulls need a rim-protecting center that can anchor their defense. Notably, the team was linked with Mitchell Robinson and Rudy Gobert in recent memory.

Or maybe the next domino will be Gobert. But the three-time Defensive Player of the Year will make an average of $42.4 million over the next four seasons, and despite his accolades he has plenty of skeptics around the league who view him as an expensive offensive liability. The argument executives often have made is that committing so much money to a defender who lacks creation skills is limiting from a team-building perspective. Gobert gets paid like a megastar but no matter how great he is on defense, he can never match the impact of other stars despite being paid around the same.

Sources have also indicated the Bulls are a team with interest in Gobert (and other centers on the market, including Knicks free agent Mitchell Robinson).

The Chicago Bulls made the playoffs this year after missing it four years in a row, and there's no doubt that this season can be a good building block for the future. Zach LaVine reportedly plans to re-sign with the team, and there's no doubt that he and DeMar DeRozan make up one of the best wing duos in the league.

Hopefully, we see the Chicago Bulls become an Eastern Conference powerhouse next season. They are a few moves away from being a true contender, and we'll see what the front office does to improve this offseason.