Despite acquiring star veterans this summer, the Chicago Bulls are not seen as a serious threat in the Eastern Conference. New trade suggestions, to add to the many Bulls rumors this summer, focus on the idea of getting DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the trio of Jimmy Butler, Robin Lopez and Doug McDermott.
Andrew Lynch of Fox Sports suggested the Bulls-Kings deal, which will net Chicago a star big man in Cousins but will force them to trade star forward Butler.
“The Bulls would be so much better if they could move one of Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade or Butler — and Butler is the one who has the most value in a trade,” Andrew Lynch said in his article.
“With rumors constantly swirling around Cousins in Sacramento, one imagines the Kings would jump at the chance to swap Boogie for Butler and Robin Lopez, an underrated defensive big man in his own right.”
Lynch contends that Cousins is a “true centerpiece” to build around as a franchise player and that the Bulls are not good enough to contend in the East in the new NBA season.
For the Kings, they can move on from all the DeMarcus Cousins rumors and get change direction with another franchise player in Butler. The Kings also unload the unhappy Rudy Gay and still gets a good big man in Robin Lopez and a prospect in Doug McDermott.
The trade also works in Real GM’s Trade Checker, which means this deal is allowed under the NBA trade rules.
With the Cousins to Chicago trade, the Bulls immediately becomes a threat to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and other top teams in the East like the Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons.
The Kings won’t have to fully rebuild with this trade by getting Butler, who will be the main star in the young Sacramento squad.
With all these Bulls rumors this summer, should Chicago aggressively pursue DeMarcus Cousins before the season begins? Are the Kings better off trading their franchise big man now while his value is very high after a great performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics?
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