It has been another disappointing season for the Chicago Bulls after an offseason that warranted at least some optimism. It would be wise for them to capitalize on Thaddeus Young’s trade value.
The Bulls have young players that many were excited about and added some veterans into the mix to help the team grow. One of those players was Young as he signed a three-year, $43.6M contract in the offseason.
It hasn’t quite worked out with Young and the Bulls and it doesn’t seem that it will long-term. The team has posted just a 16-28 record while Young is averaging 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.1 steals.
Here are three reasons the Bulls should look to trade Thaddeus Young before the Feb. 26 deadline:
3. A Contender May Want to Buy
There are limitations to Thaddeus Young’s skill-set on offense, but the versatility he provides defensively should have the eye of some contenders. In fact, the Los Angeles Clippers have already been reportedly interested in him.
It never hurts to add a wing defender that has the physical tools to disrupt some of the NBA’s top playmakers while providing a positive locker room presence. Young was a key reason for the Indiana Pacers having such a strong defense in 2018-19 alongside Myles Turner.
A team in the Western Conference that needs to try to slow down the likes of LeBron James, Luka Dončić, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George should especially have an interest. Of course, the East has some talented wings, too, but the NBA’s best reside in the other conference.