The Chicago Bulls reportedly made a call to a Central Division rival, the Indiana Pacers, ahead of the NBA trade deadline. The Bulls checked in on two-time NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis, according to David Kaplan.
When the Bulls checked in, rumor has it the Pacers wanted Patrick Williams and Ayo Dosunmu in return. The Bulls then declined the offer. After the trade talks dissolved, the Sacramento Kings swooped in with a hell of a trade offer for the 6-foot-11 big man.
The Kings sent Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Tristan Thompson to Indiana in exchange for Sabonis. The Bulls likely made the right move by not going above and beyond to land Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb, and a 2023 second-round pick. It seems they were not willing to move that many assets for him.
Now, a trade could still happen for the Bulls. They have been linked to Dennis Schroder and Jakob Poeltl. However, it doesn’t seem Arturas Karnisovas and co. want to move on from second-year forward Patrick Williams or rookie sensation Ayo Dosunmu. With the deadline just over 24 hours away, the Bulls still remain relatively quiet.
If Chicago is serious about making a run in the 2022 postseason, they may need to make one big-man splash. The team’s rebounding and interior defense have been atrocious since Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso went down. It’s going to come down to staying with the team and hoping they make a run once everyone returns from injury or making a helpful move now to bring in reinforcements for Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan.
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