If Jimmy Butler is a cornerstone in Chicago — and he should be seen as such — the question becomes which of their young players looks like they could be part of a future with him?
Take your time, we’ll wait for an answer.
Cristiano Felicio shows promise. They are disappointed in the development of Nikola Mirotic. And would you bet on Doug McDermott being part of that future? Bobby Portis? Denzel Valentine? Paul Zipser? Actually, maybe Zipster as a rotation player. The point is the Bulls still need to get younger and with guys who can be trusted to get buckets.
The Bulls have been active with the trade deadline approaching, and they’ve inquired about the availability of Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor, multiple league sources tell CSNChicago.com….
So far, there’s more interest on the Bulls’ side than the 76ers’ side, according to sources, but the Bulls are interested in Okafor’s services. Because salaries have to match and Okafor is on a rookie-scale deal, one wonders how it can work if the 76ers aren’t enamored with some of the Bulls’ young players who’ve yet to fully blossom. The Bulls could conceivably open up talks to a third team if need be, considering it isn’t likely they’d want to part with any future first-round picks as they’re still deciding how they are to proceed with franchise direction in the next couple seasons.
Look at that list above, you think the Sixers are “enamored” with any of those guys?
Still, Okafor brings a useful NBA skill to the table — the man can get buckets inside. He can post up, but is at his best facing up and getting by slower bigs. He’s got versatility in his offensive game. He’s not going to bring a lot else to the table — he’s no rim protector on defense — but bring him off the bench as a center and he has value.
The only question is would the Sixers find enough value in return to make a deal?