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RUMOR: Bulls’ Thaddeus Young, not Zach LaVine, the non-Bradley Beal trade candidate who can change NBA

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With the NBA trade deadline steadily approaching, names are being tossed around as players that could help playoff contenders. In an article about potential trade candidates, ESPN’s Bobby Marks believe Thaddeus Young, and not Zach LaVine, of the Chicago Bulls is the non-Bradley Beal candidate that could be a marquee addition for a contender.

When speaking about players who would be better elsewhere, most would say that Zach LaVine would be the most intriguing trade piece for the Bulls. However, Marks believes that Young could be a massive difference-maker for the second half of the season.

Young, who will be turning 33 years old this summer, is having a very productive season for the Bulls this far. Despite contributing off of the bench for the majority of the season, Young is currently recording a career-best 116.7 offensive rating.

At the same time, his ability to play power forward and center effectively makes him a valuable option ahead of the deadline. Plus, Thaddeus Young carries only $27 million in cap hits over the next two seasons, with his second season having just $5 million in guarantees.

Of course, the Bulls may be hesitant on moving Thaddeus Young, who’s received a new nickname recently, if they believe he’s part of their long-term plan. But with Chicago still ways away from being a playoff contender, getting a first-round pick — or possibly more — for Young should be the play for the Bulls.

Thaddeus Young was drafted 12th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers way back in 2007 and played for the Sixers until the 2013-14 season. He’s also played for the Brookly Nets and the Indiana Pacers before landing with the Bulls.

If they can make it work financially, the Los Angeles Lakers would make sense as a landing spot for Young. Regardless of who it could be, Young appears to be a name that could draw some buzz ahead of the deadline next month.