While the Bulls could decide to make smaller moves with players such as Rondo and Mirotic, the biggest decision the Bulls will have to make is whether or not to trade Jimmy Butler. Do they want to blow things up and start over by trading Butler, or keep their best player and continue building around him?
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Looking at some of the other rumors that have been floating around you may find the answer. While there is plenty of interest in Butler, he wants to stay with the team. It may disappoint teams such as the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, as Butler would instantly improve both teams.
But, the Bulls would be hard-pressed to receive equal value in return for him. Instead, Chicago could look to add talent to the roster, not trade it away.
While both Noel and Okafor have been dangled as trade bait, Okafor looked like the player the 76ers wanted to keep. Back in November, it was reported that Philadelphia had little desire to move Okafor and wanted to move Noel instead. They must have had a change of heart since then, as Okafor has been the player discussed in rumors recently.
The question still remains in what would the Bulls have to surrender for him? Based on the history of the 76ers, they will be aiming for draft pick compensation and are not afraid to take on poor contracts if it means getting better picks.
Two players to keep an eye on, according to Mike Ortiz Jr. of DYST Now, are Mirotic and Doug McDermott.
Sources: Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic are the names that continue to come up in the Bulls discussions for Jahlil Okafor with Philly.
With the trade of Ersan Ilyasova, the 76ers could use some help on the wings. While they will go forward with Robert Covington and Dario Saric as the starters, getting some depth in Mirotic and McDermott would make sense. They would also help improve the 76ers’ three-point shooting, which is currently tied for 22nd in the NBA at 35 percent.
Three-point shooting is also what the Bulls are lacking. They are the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA, making only 31.6 percent of their three-pointers this season. Trading away both McDermott and Mirotic would take away most of the floor spacing that the Bulls, and add to the logjam up front.
The Bulls do not technically have a backup center for Robin Lopez but have a ton of power forwards. Even if they move Mirotic, they still have Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio. Would moving some of them to get a center to backup Lopez make sense?
Okafor is a weird target for the Bulls. Does he really improve their outlook much? With Lopez entrenched at center, there isn’t much of a path to playing time outside of the bench. If the Bulls feel Okafor is a worthwhile addition, they need to try their best to not include McDermott. While he has his flaws, his strength is three-point shooting — something the Bulls desperately need.