Chicago Bulls Receive: G D’Angelo Russell, MIN 2023 2nd Round Pick
Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: F Thaddeus Young, G Coby White, CHI 2022 1st Round Pick (Top-5 Protected)
The Chicago Bulls were big winners at the NBA trade deadline this year as they were able to acquire All-Star center Nikola Vucevic. With Vucevic and Zach LaVine, the Bulls now have two All-Star players, but they are still missing that one extra piece to their puzzle to finally be a consistent playoff threat.
The Bulls have expressed interest in Lonzo Ball and may look to sign him in the offseason, but the New Orleans Pelicans are expected to keep Ball long-term, which is why Chicago could turn their attention to D’Angelo Russell. Regardless, the Bulls will be a key team to watch in NBA rumors for a point guard.
When healthy, Russell is a very underrated point guard in this league and could definitely be a great third star to add next to Vucevic and LaVine, but the only question is whether or not the Bulls are willing to invest a lot into an injury prone point guard.
Giving up a veteran player like Thaddeus Young in the final year of his contract would not be that big of a loss, even though he has had a sensational season as a role player for Chicago, but giving up a young talent like Coby White would be quite the investment. If the Bulls were to make this deal, they would need to make sure that Russell can still play at a high-level and can stay on the court.
Coby White has a bright future as a combo-guard in this league and could develop into a great fit in the Bulls backcourt, but if D’Angelo Russell is one their radar, then White is the likely talent to be on the move to Minnesota.
For the Timberwolves, getting a young backcourt talent like White is definitely worthwhile in a trade involving D’Angelo Russell, as is getting a veteran frontcourt player like Thad Young. Outside of Towns, the Timberwolves don’t have much production in their frontcourt.
Jaden McDaniels has a ton of potential to grow into something special, which is why bringing in an experienced, veteran guy like Young makes a ton of sense. He could contribute immediately while also being a mentor to McDaniels and some of the other younger talents on this roster.