The Chicago Bulls are off to an excellent start this season and look like a legitimate NBA Finals contender. They have a record of 14-8 and are in second place in the Eastern Conference, a game behind the Brooklyn Nets. But, for them to sustain their success, they may have to look outside the organization for some help. Perhaps a deal with the Sacramento Kings could make sense to add forward Marvin Bagley III to the roster?
Things have clicked a lot better than people imagined, as Billy Donovan has done well making the pieces fit on his roster. DeMar DeRozan has been one of the best acquisitions of the offseason, dominating from every level offensively.
Having him and Zach LaVine as go-to options offensively, especially in late-game situations, gives them a distinct advantage over opponents. It is hard enough to slow down one elite shotmaker, but trying to slow down two? That is a tall task.
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Giving DeRozan a run for his money as the best offseason acquisition is Alex Caruso. Caruso has been great as a glue guy for the Bulls whether it is coming off the bench or making a spot start at power forward.
Lonzo Ball, the other guard that Chicago acquired this offseason, has been great as well. His playmaking meshes well with his teammates, he has developed into an excellent 3-point shooter and plays elite-level defense.
So, what is there to be worried about with the Bulls? It is their depth. Chicago is as top-heavy as any team in the NBA as they have one of the weakest benches in the NBA even when Caruso is playing with the second unit.
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They are especially thin in the front-court, as Tony Bradley and Nikola Vucevic are the only rotation players listed at 6’10” or taller. One player they could inquire about trading for is Bagley III of the Kings.
The Kings removed Bagley from their rotation at the beginning of the season and trade would benefit both sides. He would give the Bulls some scoring punch on their second unit and much-needed size and depth upfront.
If the Bulls are willing to go all in and use a first-round pick to land the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, they should be able to get a deal done with the Kings. Marvin Bagley III may not have panned out with the Kings, but a change of scenery could be exactly what he needs.