The Chicago Bulls reached out to the San Antonio Spurs for a potential trade. The trade that was rejected was centered around Spurs center Jakob Poeltl. Poeltl is currently on the trade block and reports indicate San Antonio wants a high-upside player and a first-round pick.
Chicago reportedly tried to build a deal around a future first-round pick to acquire the seven-foot big man. The Bulls have struggled all year with size, and rumors indicate that they would try and make a move to help out in that area.
Poeltl has appeared in 44 games this season for the Spurs. He is averaging 13.3 PPG, 9.0 RPG, and 2.8 APG. In addition, he is playing 28.3 minutes per game. If Poeltl were to end up in Chicago, he would rank second on the team in rebounds per game behind Nikola Vucevic.
Adding a player like Poeltl may not move the needle, but it would help a glaring need the Bulls face. Currently, the Bulls rank 27th in the NBA in rebounding. Outside of Vucevic, no player on the team averaging more than 5.4 RPG. Lonzo Ball, who is a point guard, ranks second on the team in rebounds per game and he will be out until mid-March with a knee injury.
It isn’t just rebounding that Poeltl brings to a team either. He is one of the best defensive big men in the game. It seems if the Bulls want to acquire his services, they are going to have to part with a high-upside player alongside the future first-round draft pick.
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