The Chicago Bulls have become a very intriguing team to watch in the Eastern Conference. After years of struggling, Billy Donovan, Zach LaVine, and the Bulls are back in the playoff hunt. Now, the Bulls are being mentioned in potential trade rumors and Bradley Beal is a name that has come up.
Granted, the source of the suggestion is the website Pippen Ain’t Easy, and it certainly is not a report of interest. However, it is a mention that Beal could be a trade target for the Bulls. And, there is no doubt that the Bulls have the kind of young talent to pull something off for Beal.
Beal would be an ideal running mate to play alongside LaVine. He would add elite perimeter shooting and scoring. Those things would help take pressure off of LaVine and keep opposing defenses honest.
In order to get something done with the Washington Wizards for Beal, the Bulls would likely have to offer a deal including Wendell Carter Jr. or Lauri Markkanen. That should not deter the Bulls from pursuing the trade. Beal is a talent that would be worth either or both of those guys.
So far this season with the Wizards in 28 games, Beal has racked up averages of 32.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. He has shot 48.1 percent from the floor overall and has knocked down 33.3 percent of his three-point attempts.
Those numbers show why the Bulls should strongly consider going all-out for Bradley Beal. He would be the exact kind of addition that would take Chicago back to serious playoff contention.
The only issue is the fact that the Wizards have not aggressively pursued the idea of trading Beal. Even if they do, almost every team around the NBA would have interest in trying to get him. While the Bulls do have a lot of intriguing trade chips, they may not be enough.
Expect to continue hearing a ton of rumors surrounding Bradley Beal as the trade deadline draws near. The Bulls may not be a serious contender to acquire him, but they should absolutely try.