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Could the Chicago Bulls be of assistance to the Boston Celtics before the 2021 NBA trade deadline?
Let’s just get straight to the point: yes. The Bulls could, and should, definitely look at dealing with the Celtics. It’s pretty obvious as to why, too.
The Celtics are a contender in the East. Currently, they hold the fourth seed. They have the type of core to be able to last through multiple 7-game series if necessary. But, Boston could use one more piece to the puzzle. Maybe, just one more guy to round out the rotation could help them get to Eastern supremacy.
As for the Bulls, this year has been a learning process. We’re seeing even more maturation out of Zach LaVine, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a long-term staple in Chicago. The same can be said of Coby White, who looks lost when trying to navigate playing the point guard position and appears to be more of a two guard at heart.
Chicago won’t compete for anything major this year, so they could try and sell at the deadline in order to set themselves up for a more interesting future with additional options and assets.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge recently noted that the team could use “shooting with size” before the deadline. He went on to say that finding a more complete player with size could be what the team needs at this point.
The Bulls have a few players who fit that mold, for the most part. Knowing that just about anyone on this roster is fair game when it comes to trading, Chicago should at least explore a few scenarios with the Celtics. One of these deals could help both sides, and for the Bulls, it makes it an easier pill to swallow when it comes to taking on this rebuild.