Houston Rockets trade #1 to get off of John Wall’s contract: Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are all in. After trading for Nikola Vucevic, the Bulls let the rest of the NBA know that they believe they’re a playoff team. Unfortunately, that trade coincided with a slide down the standings and the Bulls failed to even qualify for the play-in.
With a looming Zach LaVine extension and Vucevic entering the end of his prime, the Bulls need to do something big if they’re going to make any noise in the Eastern Conference. John Wall might not be the star that he was, but he makes an excellent third option for the Bulls.
Wall has long been a pick and roll maestro and he and Vucevic would mutually benefit from each other’s presence. Add in the playmaking that he provides next to LaVine and suddenly the Bulls look like a surefire playoff team.
The Rockets will get Tomas Satoransky for one year at $10 million to make the salaries work. Satoransky is a capable backup point guard who will have no problem featuring in a reserve role.
The reason the Bulls won’t see a first-round pick is simple, if they’re trading for John Wall then they’re out of options. The type of team that’s going to bite on a John Wall trade is a desperate team, and just about no franchise is as desperate as the Bulls. They pushed in a lot of their chips to try and make a playoff push and missed out entirely.
The front office knows that heads will roll if they miss the playoffs again. Add in the fact that the play-in might not be around next season and the Bulls need to do something dramatic. John Wall to Chicago is just crazy enough to work.