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NBA Rumors: Chicago Could Trade Two Young Players


In lieu of their recent changes, the Chicago Bulls are expected to make some deals. It started when Jim Boylen took the coaching reigns, and things became a bit of a mess for the team.

His coaching strategy is rather old-school, with a pushy and aggressive attitude early on with the players. It caused a stir for the players, so much so that they held a players-only meeting in an attempt to boycott the new regime. Things have since settled down (or so, we think), but it hasn't come without a few more twists.

Jabari Parker, the guy they paid $20 million to over the summer, was taken out of the rotation completely, causing quite a shock within the NBA community. Now, it appears the Bulls are ready to move on from him altogether, with interest being drawn especially from one Western Conference team.

(via The Ringer)

The Utah Jazz are one of the teams interested in Parker, according to multiple league sources. Derrick Favors is an awkward fit next to center Rudy Gobert, and his $16.9 million on the books for next season is non-guaranteed, meaning he could be one of the pieces involved. Favors can’t be traded until January 15, so Chicago would have to wait. Would it be worth it? The Bulls are loaded with young bigs, so it’s hard to see them taking back Favors unless additional assets are included. Utah has all of its future picks, except for a 2020 second-rounder going to the Cavaliers, and has two other seconds incoming.

In a separate report, by the Chicago Sun-Times, Parker isn't the only guy potentially on the trade block.

Sources have indicated the Bulls still are trying to figure out whether Kris Dunn will be part of their core moving forward. Markkanen, guard Zach LaVine and rookie big man Wendell Carter Jr. will be, but Dunn, big man Bobby Portis and injured swingman Denzel Valentine have to prove themselves. If Dunn doesn’t, the trade deadline Feb. 7 might get interesting.

Things could get really interesting if the Bulls take care of two-birds in one stone, packaging Parker and Dunn together for Utah's Derrick Favors and a guy like Thabo Sefolosha. There's a clear plus side to both sides.

Regardless, both sides appear to need some tweaks. They've got a little over a month to get it done.