As NBA Trade Deadline approaches, will the Bulls be sellers?
CHICAGO – Thanks to a few bad weeks, an injury to Jimmy Butler and a disastrous West Coast road trip, the Bulls approach the NBA Trade Deadline as buyers instead of sellers.
As the 2 PM Central Time deadline approaches, there are already some major rumors surrounding the team.
The first comes from Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski and the possibility of the Bulls trading forward Pau Gasol. The All-Star forward is has 17 points and ten rebounds per game but his option to opt out of his contract signed before the 2015-2015 season could have the Bulls seeking a deal.
However today Brian Windhorst of ESPN refuted that report on Twitter.
Could the Bulls also be looking for a deal for Taj Gibson? Zach Lowe of ESPN hinted at that in a report this week. Gibson is averaging 8.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season.
Mid-season trades are rare for the Bulls. The last one they made was a minor one in 2014 when they traded guard Marquis Teague to the Nets for forward Tornike Shengelia.
But with the team at 27-25 this season and clinging to a low playoff spot without Butler for the next month, it’s not impossible that the team could look to rebuild with players more suited for Fred Hoiberg’s style.