NBA Rumors: 5 Players the Chicago Bulls Could Trade For Prior to the Deadline

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The Chicago Bulls Aren't Done Making Moves Just Yet

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The Chicago Bulls are all but certain to blow up the roster at some point within the next few months. With the trade deadline now just about two weeks away, things could start to get real interesting, real soon.

The Bulls have already made a couple of moves this season, trading forward Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for picks and the contract of Andrew Bynum. Of course, Chicago then released Bynum immediately to avoid getting stuck with any further amount of money owed.

Chicago would love to add another big name to the roster for when Derrick Rose returns. Whether Rose comes back later this season or next year is still up in the air. The way things are looking at the moment, I would think it’s safe to say Chicago is already looking toward next season as the year to contend.

This summer should see some intriguing moves made, with free agency being the most anticipated it has been in four years. But, Chicago will likely continue to make moves prior to the summer. With a few guys on the trade block at the moment, there are teams making calls.

Just who could the Bulls look to trade for though, that would benefit them in return? Losing a fan favorite or a vital piece to 2013’s roster may hurt, but it just might do the franchise some good if they were to bring in a guy that could contribute toward future success.

With that said, here are five players that have already been rumored to be on the trade block who just might wind up in a Bulls uniform come February 20th.

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5. Evan Turner

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The Philadelphia 76ers are going to trade Evan Turner, it’s just a matter of ‘where’ at this point. The Bulls, again, need another scorer. His qualifying offer for next year is roughly $8 million, which might be too pricy for the Bulls depending on how the summer works out. But, then again, it might just work out in their favor based on how the trade deadline goes down in Chicago.

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4. Dion Waiters

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The Bulls have been in dire need of another scorer. The Cavaliers don’t seem to have a great relationship with Dion Waiters, nor have they truly ever had a perfect relationship. Waiters has been on the rumored trade block for quite some time, and the Bulls just might be able to work something out for a guy who comes cheap to them.

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3. Pau Gasol

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The Los Angeles Lakers are very interested in Taj Gibson, and the Bulls want to clear up cap space to make a run at a big-name player this offseason. Clearing Gibson’s contract while trading for an expiring deal like Pau Gasol’s $19 million might make sense. It’s not too crazy to think that Chicago is going to blow up the roster at this point.

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2. Harrison Barnes

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The Golden State Warriors are very interested in Kirk Hinrich, and the names of Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson have floated around trade rumors all season long. It’s hard to imagine Thompson being moved, but Barnes would be a guy that would fit right in with Chicago. He’d be a Tom Thibodeau type of player, which fans would love. His deal includes a team option in the next two seasons and a qualifying offer in the final year the contract – perfect for Chicago, who is looking to shake things up this summer.

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1. Carmelo Anthony

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It is no secret that the Bulls are interested in Carmelo Anthony, and vice versa. The New York Knicks may just work out a deal prior to the deadline so that they can move forward knowing he was already on his way out to begin the season. Why not at least attempt to get something in return? It could happen.

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  • jdog

    that would a great trade for bull