The Chicago Bulls are in a unique and difficult position as they pass the halfway point of their season.
They currently sit at 21-22, barely holding onto the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, a disappointing first half by any standard. But as poorly as the team has played, the play of guard Jimmy Butler has confirmed once and for all that he is Chicago’s franchise player.
The Bulls now have to find a way to rebuild their team while also keeping their most valuable asset happy. Their first step: bolster this season’s playoff chances by pursuing versatile Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker.
With the NBA trade deadline just about a month away, one Phoenix Suns player is garnering a lot of interest from contending teams. Let’s call the market for soon to be free agent PJ Tucker robust.
“According to my NBA sources, the Clippers, Bulls, Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Hawks all have interest in acquiring the lock-down physical defender who is in the last year of his contract at just $5.3 million.”
Tucker is set to be a free agent at the end of this year, so it would be a short-term move for the Bulls, unless they plan on offering him a long-term deal. Perhaps the Bulls are looking to unload some salary onto the Suns in order to gain more flexibility this summer as well.
The veteran Suns guard doesn’t have quite the three point shooting — only 30 percent from behind the arc this year — to be a great fit for the Bulls. But he is a reliable wing player who would likely be a much better fit next to Butler and Dwayne Wade than Rajon Rondo or Michael Carter-Williams.
Either way, it would be a smart, low-risk move for the Bulls, obviously assuming they don’t give up anything too valuable.