Chicago Bulls Trade: Bulls discuss sending Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler for LaMarcus Aldridge, Jonathon Simmons

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
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The Chicago Bulls are getting the headlines as they are entertaining the thought of going after LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs. Trade rumors suggest the Bulls send Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson for Aldridge and Jonathon Simmons.

According to the Inquisitr, the Bulls might get active in trading assets if they would end up with an awful run this season. The report noted that the Bulls might look to add a game changer that would save their season and since the Spurs are looking to do the same the deal would be a fit.

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The 31-year old Gibson is a player a coach would dream having on their roster as he gives his all regardless of his role in the team. Drafted by the Bulls in 2009, Gibson has learned to adjust to his role coming off the bench. In 73 games he played last season, Gibson averaged 8.6 points with 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

Many see that the Bulls will try various combinations with their frontcourt as they are not yet sure if Gibson will start this season or not. Aside from Gibson, the Bulls are also re-evaluating Butler’s position in the team. Most likely getting him to play along Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo might be a bust and thus a possible trade could answer the concern.

If the Bulls get Aldridge through the trade, it would add another veteran to their lineup and would address their concern of an option down the paint. Aside from that, they could also use Simmons as another option in the shooting guard position.

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Meanwhile, the Spurs would become a defensive menace as Gibson could be a reliable role player coming off the bench. Not only that, the Spurs would also get another star that could give them more scoring options.

The trade may pass the trade machine but it will still be up for both the Bulls and the Spurs to explore the said trade. Gibson is not a starter material unlike Butler but if they end with the Spurs they might end with a title run this year with the Bulls behind.

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