Rumor: Thaddeus Young, Denzel Valentine are most likely Bulls to be moved; Kris Dunn could be back next season
The Chicago Bulls are in a precarious position ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline, having failed to progress the way they had hoped to at the start of the season, leaving plenty of unanswered questions with an odd-looking roster. Thaddeus Young has emerged as a potential trade candidate, but young wing Denzel Valentine could also find his way out of The Windy City in the next few weeks as the most likely to be moved, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.
Kris Dunn, who was heavily shopped in the lead-up to the season, appears to have cemented a role with the team, now ranking fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.0) despite starting in only 27 of his 46 games with the team.
The Bulls will likely let Dunn test restricted free agency and could wound up bringing him back now that he has carved a role with the team.
Chicago doesn’t have very many contracts that are tradable, but Young and Valentine could be bundled in a package or traded individually if the Bulls find the right return.
“I see Young and Denzel Valentine as the most likely candidates to be moved,” wrote Johnson in a recent mailbag. “Executives from other teams that I talk to think Young will draw interest, particularly since the third year of his deal isn’t fully guaranteed.”
Thaddeus Young has had issues fitting in with a Bulls team determined to stay married to a recent analytics frenzy which urges players to take 3s and layups. Young is a pedestrian 33.1% career shooter from distance and not quite comfortable taking many triples, but he has done his best to buy in, even if it doesn’t fit his game.
Valentine has been buried on the bench for most of the season, failing to see the same opportunities he saw under former coach Fred Hoiberg. Like Dunn, he’s set to be a restricted free agent this summer.