How to trade with the Bulls if they don’t trade Jerian Grant
As the Bulls prepare to open the 2018-19 season, they have plenty of options if they are unable to re-sign the star guard.
They could trade Grant for a veteran or a potential first round pick, or they could sign him to a long-term deal.
It all depends on the trade market, but here are some potential scenarios that might make sense for the Bulls: Jimmy Butler: Butler’s contract expires at the end of the season and the Bulls might want to give him a chance to prove he is still capable of leading the team.
If the Bulls aren’t able to keep him in Chicago, they could consider a trade to land another veteran in a similar situation.
If they were to trade Butler, they would likely need to rework his deal to include a trade exception.
The Bulls would also likely have to include some cap space in the deal to be worth the cost of a second-round pick.
Nikola Mirotic: The Bulls have been active in the free agency and trade market this summer, but they would be wise to consider trading for a backup center.
The 22-year-old could fill the void if Derrick Rose returns to the Bulls, but he isn’t a guarantee to return to Chicago.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Lakers would be interested in acquiring a backup to Pau Gasol and would certainly prefer Mirotics.
He would be an attractive addition to the Lakers in a potential trade scenario.
Nathan Stanley: The Cavaliers have been busy in the summer and could use another wing in a trade for a player of Mirotics potential.
Stanley could also fill a need for the Cavs if they move on from Tristan Thompson and need a backup.
Tristan Thompson: The Pistons have been one of the league’s most active in free agency, but the front office has not made any moves to address a hole in their frontcourt.
Detroit would probably be better off trading one of their young wingers like Stanley for a top-tier prospect.
Kevin Durant: Durant is coming off a year in which he posted career highs in both scoring and assists.
If Durant wanted to return, the Bulls would be able to sign him for a reasonable amount of money and he could help in a backup role if needed.
Jayson Tatum: Tatum is coming of a year where he shot 38.5 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from 3-point range, so he could fill a similar role to Stanley if the Bulls wanted to add a wing to their bench.
He could also be a good fit in a rebuilding situation if the team wants to take a chance on another player of his caliber.
Andre Drummond: Drummond has shown some signs of growth as a shooter and rebounder, and if the Lakers were to offer him a contract similar to that of Kevin Love, they should be able do it without sacrificing his defense.
Drummond is the kind of player who the Bulls should be looking to acquire in a possible trade for Drummond.
Antonio Daniels: The Magic are still in a rebuild, and they would like to acquire another wing to play alongside Dwight Howard and Serge Ibaka.
If a trade occurs between the Bulls and the Magic, it would be the Bulls first significant trade for Daniels.
The 24-year old is also in the final year of his contract and would be more valuable than any of the wing options the Magic would be looking for in a deal.