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NBATrade activity has picked up in the NBA this week with Thursday’s trade deadline fast approaching. Even with the moves we’ve seen and the number of rumors that have been swirling, things have still been pretty quiet for the Chicago Bulls.
There have been a couple of rumors about the Bulls, they reportedly inquired on a trade for San Antonio Spurs big man Jakob Poeltl. They also reportedly had an offer on the table for Celtics guard Dennis Schroder. Besides those rumors, there really hasn’t been much talk about the Bulls making a move.
Except, maybe, once the post-deadline buyout market gets running. And apparently, that centers around one player.
Chicago Bulls Injuries
Many speculated that the Bulls’ injuries would lead them to make a trade before the deadline. The team will be without Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, and Patrick Williams for at least another month and the eastern conference standings have gotten crowded.
The Bulls at 33-21, are currently tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers. They also lead the Philadelphia 76ers by just one game and are just three games ahead of the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics.
With the Bulls being shorthanded for the foreseeable future it’s fair to question if they can continue to stay near the top of the standings. The speculation has been that the team could explore the trade market to acquire more frontcourt and backcourt depth, however, there is another avenue the Bulls could use.
Possible Buyout Candidate
Another way the Bulls could land some additional help is to wait out the trade deadline and explore the buyout market. The team might already have a player in mind according to Heavy Insiders Sean Deveney and Steve Bulpett.