Clearly, the Chicago Bulls are in disarray following two consecutive losses in their preseason games, which is not a good sign. Rumors suggest that the Bulls overhaul their roster and send Jimmy Butler, Doug McDermott and Denzel Valentine for the Pacers’ Paul George.
This could be an overreaction to the preseason games but if they still struggle at the start of the regular season, it’s a trade that can be considered by both parties.
In the proposed deal, the Bulls give up Butler, McDermott, and Valentine plus a first-rounder in next year’s draft. Many see this as an even deal with the Pacers likely winning as they add depth to their already strong lineup.
Having Butler will give them leadership while Valentine and McDermott add versatility to a talented core. The Pacers could see a starting unit with Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis, Butler, Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner. Both Dermott and Valentine could be part of the team’s second unit.
The Pacers do have a promising roster and adding Butler to it would spell a contender team in a very tight Eastern Conference.
For the Bulls, getting George will likewise strengthen their pace as he could start with Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez. The downside of this is that the Bulls might not go anywhere with the roster change as they lose some young assets.
The Bulls might as well focus on communication and leadership skills as their performance in the preseason shows they are out of sync. Wade may step up and lead the team to note each player’s role. Other veterans in the lineup could give as much to live up to the expectations for the team.
As the Pacers look to run and the Bulls needing to discover their roles, exploring the deal sounds like a solution even though unbelievable.
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