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Bulls Create Blockbuster Move, Portland gets Lavine to Make Dame Happy, Spurs Take a Trial on Vooch, Wizards get a Ton of Picks


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Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

+2 players ($38.0m),
Cap Impact + $14.0M
  • Coby White

    TO

    Coby White
    PG, 6' 5", -0.52 LEBRON
    Team Option | Secondary Ball Handler

    $7.4M

    1yr

    5
  • Roster Moves
  • Zach LaVine

    ST

    Zach LaVine
    PG, 6' 5", 0.68 LEBRON
    Sign & Trade | Shot Creator

    $38.0M

    4yrs

    5
  • Notes

    Sign-And-Trade Zach LaVine for a 4 year contract worth $154.0M.
    Incoming trade value of $38.0M
    Outgoing trade value of $19.5M (previous salary from last season)

    2022 $38.0M • 2023 $38.0M • 2024 $39.0M • 2025 $39.0M

+2  Wins

+8.81  MPG

+4.66  Off.

-4.79  Def.

Spurs

Spurs

+1 player ($22.0m),
Cap Impact + $405K
  • Nikola Vucevic
    Nikola Vucevic
    C, 6' 10", 1.33 LEBRON
    Versatile Big

    $22.0M

    1yr

    5

-3  Wins

-20.46  MPG

-1.62  Off.

+0.54  Def.

Wizards

Wizards

+2 players ($35.4m) +5 picks,
Cap Impact - $1.0M
  • Eric Bledsoe
    Eric Bledsoe
    PG, 6' 1", -1.29 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $19.3M

    1yr

    25
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 1

    25
  • draft-pick-player

    2025 - Round 1

    via MIL
    25
  • draft-pick-player

    2028 - Round 1

    25
  • draft-pick-player

    2025 - Round 1

    25
  • draft-pick-player

    2026 - Round 1

    5
  • Roster Moves
  • Jusuf Nurkic

    ST

    Jusuf Nurkic
    C, 6' 11", 1.6 LEBRON
    Sign & Trade | Post Scorer

    $16.0M

    4yrs

    25
  • Notes

    Sign-And-Trade Jusuf Nurkic for a 4 year contract worth $64.0M.
    Incoming trade value of $16.0M
    Outgoing trade value of $12.0M (previous salary from last season)

    2022 $16.0M • 2023 $16.0M • 2024 $16.0M • 2025 $16.0M

+2  Wins

+17.43  MPG

-2.63  Off.

+1.79  Def.

Bulls

Bulls

+3 players ($58.0m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact + $9.1M
  • Josh Richardson
    Josh Richardson
    SG, 6' 5", -0.45 LEBRON
    Stationary Shooter

    $12.1M

    1yr

    27
  • Jakob Poeltl
    Jakob Poeltl
    C, 7' 1", 2.87 LEBRON
    Roll + Cut Big

    $9.3M

    1yr

    27
  • Bradley Beal

    PO

    Bradley Beal
    SG, 6' 4", 1.14 LEBRON
    Player Option | Slasher

    $36.4M

    1yr

    30
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 2

    via LAL
    27

+ 0  Wins

-5.77  MPG

-0.41  Off.

+2.46  Def.

At full health, Beal is roughly LaVine’s equal. He’s less of a run-and-jump athlete, but he’s stronger and craftier. The end result is 25-30 relatively efficient points per game on an annual basis from both players.

A Beal-for-LaVine swap doesn’t make sense. LaVine is an unrestricted free agent. If he’s involved in a sign-and-trade, it’s going to be to a destination of his choosing. There’s no reason he’d choose a Washington Wizards team in a smaller market with a weaker supporting cast than the one he has in Chicago.

On the other hand, he could choose to team up with Damian Lillard. Speculation that he might has already made its way into the rumor mill. This deal allows him to do so, while also allowing his former Bulls to replace him.

As for the Wizards, this deal gets them what they should probably be targeting if they’re trading Beal anyway: a boatload of draft picks.

Vucevic would be headed to San Antonio with the Spurs sending the Bulls a return in this NBA trade scenario, including Jakob Poeltl, Josh Richardson, and a second-round pick.

Poeltl has just one year left on a three-year deal he signed with the San Antonio Spurs. The team needs to decide if he’s a long-term answer. If not, they would benefit from making a move.

Vucevic is also in the final year of his deal, and making a trade would create a trial for the Spurs to determine if they want to keep him long-term.

The Bulls would be prioritizing a cheap option at center and one that brings more defensive impact.


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