This is a very early look upon the 2022-23 season, predicting which Bulls could be shopped midway through. Further evidence for the Bulls making moves is because they have similar core players to last season. This means that the Chicago Bulls could be quick to pull the trigger. Here are my three Bulls moved by the 2023 trade deadline.
This was an obvious candidate due to multiple reasons. Coby White has been thrown around in mock trades ever since the arrival of Lonzo Ball. With his limited ceiling of coming off the bench and being on a contract year, it could be best for both sides.
On top of having Lonzo Ball, the Bulls have plenty of depth. This depth includes Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, Goran Dragic, Alex Caruso, and Dalen Terry, all of which are expecting playing time. This is an extremely crowded backcourt and is bound for a departure.
Coby White was expected to be a candidate for the sixth man of the year at the beginning of last season, although that wasn’t the case. Coby White, unfortunately, struggled last season at providing consistent bench points.
However, when Coby White was starting, he averaged 16.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 4.3 APG. This is quite impressive and intriguing to a rebuilding team looking for a young volume scorer.
Like I said before, it could potentially make a lot of sense for both sides if Coby White ends up being shipped.
Bulls moved by the 2023 Trade Deadline: Nikola Vucevic
In my opinion, I was shocked to still see Nikola Vucevic as a Bull after last season. It was evident Chicago needs more rim protection and could sacrifice his scoring while having LaVine and DeRozan.
Moreover, just because the Bulls still have the big man does not mean he is safe. The Chicago Bulls are still without rim protection and could shop Vucevic at the deadline if the team gets off to a slow start. To add on, Vucevic only shot 31.4% from three, his lowest since the 2017/18 season.
As much as I would like to see Vucevic work out with the Bulls, it might not happen. Chicago will have no option but to move him if they play similar to the second half of last year. The Chicago Bulls want to become a serious contender; the only players that are truly safe are LaVine and DeRozan.
I know that many Bulls fans are shooting this down, but is he actually untouchable? What if an all-star caliber forward is on the market?
Patrick Williams has shown promise in his first two seasons with his 40% shooting (low-volume) and defensive versatility.
There are definitely reasons to be intrigued by the former number four pick. Nonetheless, should Chicago attempt to contend and cash in?
Patrick Williams won’t reach his offensive potential for quite some time in Chicago, being the last scoring option among the starters. If an all-star caliber player becomes available, Chicago could potentially consider moving the PAW.
Williams is a valuable player that many teams would consider building their future around.
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