Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Chicago Bulls who are reportedly trading Jerian Grant and Denzel Valentine for Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings. The former 6th overall pick continues to get frustrated with the playing time given to him by coach Dave Joerger.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein is finding his way out of Sacramento. The Kings currently have a plethora of big men where head coach Dave Joerger prefers to use Kosta Koufos more than Cauley-Stein.
“Keep an eye on Kings big man Willie Cauley-Stein. Word is Sacramento is open to moving the second-year big man, who wants more of a role than he has under new Kings coach Dave Joerger,” Stein said.
Since the 2016 NBA draft, the Kings were still unable to address the logjam in their frontcourt. As of now, they have five players who can play at the center position including DeMarcus Cousins, Kosta Koufos, Willie Cauley-Stein, Georgios Papagiannis, and Skal Labissiere. Last season, Cauley-Stein received a 20-minute playing time from former coach George Karl but was reduced in his sophomore year.
Several NBA teams could be interested in acquiring a talented big man like him. According to Matt Moore of CBS Sports, the Chicago Bulls are one of the possible trade destination for the former 6th overall pick. The Bulls have been frequently mentioned in various trade rumors in the past months mainly pertaining their desire to add a quality big man on their roster.
If the Bulls are interested in acquiring Cauley-Stein, they could send some of their guards to Sacramento. The Kings are in need of an additional backcourt depth and wingman which the Bulls have. In a suggested trade scenario, the Bulls will be trading Jerian Grant and Denzel Valentine for Willie Cauley-Stein. This trade works on the ESPN trade machine.
The trade scenario will definitely help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster. Cauley-Stein will get the playing time he wants, serving as a primary backup center for Robin Lopez. Meanwhile, the Kings will be having two reliable guards to boost their backcourt.
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