NBA Rumors: Proposed Trade Sends Julius Randle To Chicago

Julius Randle
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Ernesto Cova

Some trades and signings work out great, some not so much. We've seen multiple NBA players thrive in their first year with their new franchise just to watch them fall from grace as drastically as they rose to the top.

That seems to be the case with both Julius Randle and Nikola Vucevic, and that's why some fans wouldn't mind watching them find new homes before the start of the upcoming campaign.

Bulls Could Make Some Moves

Nikola Vucevic
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The Arturas Karnisovas era got off to a solid start in Chicago. The former Denver Nuggets executive has proven that he won't hesitate to be aggressive and make the moves necessary to become a contender, but not all the transactions have worked out.

That's why some expect the Chicago Bulls to be in the mix for at least one big-name player before this year's deadline, and that's where the New York Knicks could come in. That's why Lee Tran of Fadeaway World proposed an All-Star swap that would send Randle to Chicago and Vucevic to New York.

Knicks Get Rid Of Randle

Julius Randle
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Randle went through some major regression last season. But more than that, his attitude towards his teammates, fans, and coaching staff raised some eyebrows and doubts within the organization.

With this move, they would get rid of his big contract while bringing in a floor-spacing big that could be an offensive upgrade within their system. Also, Vuc's deal runs out at the end of the season, so they could flip them for picks or players if things don't work out.

Why Would Bulls Accept?

Nikola Vucevic
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The Bulls would give up a lot of size, but it's not like Vucevic was a good rim protector for them by any means.

Randle is just 27 years old and could be their third scoring option behind Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan. They could play small ball, spread the floor with four shooters around him, or even have Patrick Williams coming off the bench.

It's A Gamble

Nikola Vucevic
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This trade would come with plenty of risk for both teams. But it could also be what they need to get over the hump and go from pretenders to contenders.

The Knicks lack a stretch-big who could knock down shots from all three levels, and the Bulls lack a bruiser who can dominate the glass and hold his own in the post. So, risky as it is, it could be a win-win for both teams.