Panic trade between the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls haven’t been much better than the Pistons of late and look to be stuck in NBA purgatory, not good enough to really compete but not bad enough to bottom out.
They should look to blow it up in Chicago and start over, and the Pistons were named as a possible landing spot for one of their stars.
In a recent article for The Athletic (SUBSCRIPTION) ,Sam Vecenie broke down the trade market for Zach LaVine and threw out some possible teams and the hypothetical trades they could make.
Here’s the one he came up with for the Pistons:
This is a very similar trade to the one I proposed a few days earlier, comparing it to the disastrous move to acquire Blake Griffin. To his credit, Vecenie said that he would not trade Ivey for LaVine and called it a “panic” move by the Pistons, though he did make a case for it:
"“…LaVine, along with the eventual return of Bojan Bogdanović, Isaiah Livers and Monté Morris from injury, will bolster the biggest thing the Pistons need: offensive firepower around Cade Cunningham. Detroit’s current lack of floor spacing requires Cunningham to run almost every primary action when he’s on the court for the team, which has led to turnover issues and inefficient shooting for the 22-year-old. The Pistons’ starting five of Cunningham, Hayes, Ausar Thompson, Isaiah Stewart and Jalen Duren are only averaging 105.7 points per 100 possessions. By comparison, Detroit averages 120.1 points per 100 possessions when Cunningham plays with Alec Burks and about 111 points per 100 when rookie Marcus Sasser replaces Hayes. Imagine putting one of the best scoring guards in the league in LaVine around Cunningham instead.”"
That’s pretty much the case for LaVine. Cade Cunningham needs help on offense, LaVine is a very good offensive player, and he, along with their injured veterans, might be enough to turn this team around.
But he also added that it would be a “panic” move, and I agree for several reasons.