The Bulls had one of the busiest schedules in the league on Thursday, with two trades, one with the Orlando Magic and the other with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards.

Let’s analyze and evaluate each transaction.

Vucevic exchange

Here’s the deal: The Bulls get Nikola Vucevic and Al Farouk Aminu behind Otto Porter, Wendell Carter Jr. and two first-round picks. A nice acquisition for Chicago, which remains interested in Lonzo Ball. The Magic are on their way to a rebuild, and the Aaron Gordon trade is on the table.

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Bulls host:

  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Al-Farouq Aminu

Preserving the magic:

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
  • Otto Porter, Jr.
  • Twice in the first round (2021, 2023)

Taurus class: A-

Many experts thought it was good, but don’t think it’s good. I really liked it.

The first good thing about this deal is that while there were rumors of the Magic acquiring their top three players, including Vucevic, there were no rumors linking the Bulls to any of them. The calm do-it-yourself approach quickly became the leitmotif of Karnisoff-Eversley’s front office.

Vucevic replaces Carter Jr, which is a big improvement. Vucevic is averaging 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. More importantly, it shoots 40.6% from beyond the arc. Vucevic covers a lot more ground than Carter, creating driving lanes and shooting opportunities for Zach LaVine.

I also think Vucevic and Lavin will play well together in pick-and-roll situations. Lavine averaged 0.94 points per pick with Carter Jr and 1.02 and 1.14 points per pick with Lauri Markkanen and Thaddeus Young, respectively. Even if LaVine can score as many points per chance with Vucevic as he did with Lauri, that’s a significant improvement.

Additionally, Vucevic’s contract is team-friendly, as his salary will be reduced each year for the next two seasons.


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Three-group transaction

Bulls host:

  • Daniel Theis
  • Javonte Green.
  • Troy Brown Jr.
  • Monetary considerations

Celtics host:

  • Robert. Sorry, Luke Cornet.
  • Moritz Wagner


  • Daniel Gafford.
  • Chandler Hutchison

Final evaluation: A+

While this is the less attractive of the two moves, it is a trade where I think the bulls have dominated. They got rid of two players who never really played (Cornett, Hutchison) and a backup center with limited potential in Gafford.

As much as I liked Gafford, Theis got a little promotion. Gafford is a better defender and the Bulls lose ring protection (in both transactions), but Theis is a much better player offensively and can spread the floor even more than Gafford. They shoot a good 35% from behind the three point line.

Troy Brown Jr. has the most potential of any player in this market. He was never used enough by the Wizards, but he is a better defender and ball carrier. His weakness is shooting (only 33% success beyond the arc), but I still think shooting is the most incredible skill.

I think the Bulls got the two best players in this trade and some money as well. While this doesn’t affect the Vucevic trade, the Bulls come out on top.

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