With news of the Chicago Bulls bringing back Aaron Brooks after re-signing Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy last week, it’s looking more and more like the gang’s back together, with no new additions on the horizon. The Bulls seem complacent with bringing back the same team hoping new head coach Fred Hoiberg will make an instant impact, like Steve Kerr did with Golden State.
With each day passing, the free agent options are continuing to dwindle, and it feels more and more likely Gar Forman has no tricks up his sleeves. With Brooks likely signing for the vet minimum, the Bulls still have the mini-midlevel exception in their arsenal, but as a tax team, it will likely cost them double.
With free agency looking all but done, there’s still a venue the Bulls can pursue to bolster their roster and give the team a fighting chance against Cleveland next season: The trade market.
The complacency and general frugalness of the front office makes a trade unlikely, but that doesn’t mean the Bulls don’t have options to pursue via trade. I’ll use this space to outline some of those options, and while I’m not a cap wizard, I’ll do my best to make sure these trades are actually feasible. Also, I’ll mostly focus on trades that will be practically even money wise for each team, even though Bulls have the option of essentially dumping Taj Gibson to teams with cap space to collect picks and cap relief (personally, I’m not opposed to that option to allow younger players like Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis more minutes to develop).
A friendly reminder, these aren’t trades the Bulls will pursue, as it’s unlikely they’ll make a major move this late in the offseason, but these are merely options they should consider, and an answer to fans and experts who think they have no flexibility.