Oklahoma City Thunder: Trade With Bulls Will Help For Playoff Run

Instead, they chose to trade Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, two players averaging double figures in scoring for a Bulls team who struggles to score on given nights. The Bulls have refused to commit to building around Jimmy Butler for the long term, and if they decide to trade him around the draft this year, the Bulls could free fall and that pick could end up inside the top 40. The Thunder will also send big man Joffrey Lauvergne and shooting guard Anthony Morrow to the Bulls. How does this help the Bulls?

Two new members of the Oklahoma City Thunder are now in the Sooner State and becoming accustomed to the area. Plus Gibson is an excellent mid-range shooter, which will allow him to instantly become one of Westbrook's favorite players to pass to. The organization valued him, but playing behind Russell Westbrook, he only averaged 13.1 minutes.

As for the Bulls, they must be one of the rare teams that has high expectations for Payne, presently Chicago's millionth guard who can't shoot.

"I just believed in the process", said Gibson, whose 562 games played rank 10th in Bulls history.

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Few expected the Chicago Bulls to be aggressive players before the NBA Trade Deadline wrapped up. Being a native of Chicago and being at several homes games this season, to get merely nothing of real right now value or a good pick in draft for Gibson shows why Bulls' fans have not trusted the Bulls front office for several seasons now. Morrow's shooting ability could help Chicago, but it is unlikely he'll make much of an impact. Payne was picked 14th in the 2015 draft and has struggled in his first two years in the league.

The Mirotic bit we're well aware of, he's reportedly being progressively shopped and is the centerpiece of Jahlil Okafor talks with the Sixers. Lauvergne was the third player in the deal and once again is another guy with minimal production based on the stat sheet.

Butler has strung together another career year and started Sunday's All-Star Game for the first time in his career. The 32-year-old Williams averaged 13.1 points and 6.9 assists for the Mavs this season, his 12th in the National Basketball Association. The answer is not a whole lot. And while they have a significant Traded Player Exception, it's not large enough to fit Taj Gibson's contract (and can't be used in combination with a player).

There's a chance he turns into a nice player down the line, but there isn't much room for him to develop in an already-crowded and bricklaying backcourt featuring Rondo, Wade, Michael Carter-Williams, and Jerian Grant. The Thunder rookie is shooting 38% from downtown this season. At 28-29, their play has been inconsistent, but the Eastern Conference is so weak this year that they are still in seventh place and two full games ahead of the ninth-place Milwaukee Bucks.

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