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NBA trade machine: Deals for Bulls involving DeMar DeRozan, Cam Thomas, Devin Vassell

Will the Bulls blow everything up and join the tank race?

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat
Devin Vassell of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of the game against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena on December 10, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
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The Chicago Bulls have endured a nightmare start to the season, and there doesn’t appear to be a resolution in sight. This team was built only a year and a half ago but is it time to blow everything up? Here’s a few paths the Bulls could take as the trade market starts to heat up.

Trade 1

Heat get: DeMar DeRozan
Bulls get: Nikola Jovic, Duncan Robinson, Victor Oladipo, 2023 first-round pick, 2027 first-round pick

Chicago has a top-4 protected pick, so tanking might be the move if things don’t turn around. Jovic is a young player the Bulls can develop, while Robinson offers some solid shooting and is future trade filler. Oladipo offers that as well, and could be a useful rotation piece. Getting future draft assets helps. As for the Heat, they reunite DeRozan with Kyle Lowry and provide some additional punch for a team trying to contend.

Trade 2

Nets get: DeMar DeRozan, Coby White
Bulls get: Joe Harris, Patty Mills, Cam Thomas, Markieff Morris, 2027 first-round pick

The Nets can’t deal a pick until this late due to the James Harden trade with Houston but they have several options in this year they can send out. Chicago gets Thomas and some veterans, plus future draft capital. The Nets get another high-level scorer and a bench piece who can explode from time to time.

Trade 3

Spurs get: Coby White, 2027 protected first-round pick
Bulls get: Devin Vassell

This is the extent of a “win now’ move the Bulls can make given their limited draft assets. Vassell has been struggling this season but he’s the closest thing to a point guard the Bulls can get without giving away much. The Spurs are in full tank mode and don’t want to commit more money to younger players. Vassell offers some upside as well, although Chicago likely has to do some major winning to get in this position.