Report: Sixers, Grizzlies possible destinations for Bulls’ Denzel Valentine
The Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies are reportedly two possible landing spots for Chicago Bulls small forward Denzel Valentine ahead of the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.
Valentine could use a change of scenery, as his tenure with the Bulls hasn’t been all that great:
Denzel Valentine. According to two rival executives, the 76ers and Grizzlies are possible landing spots for the former lottery pick, who had fallen completely out of favor with coach Jim Boylen before the recent spate of injuries forced him back into the lineup. Valentine for Zhaire Smith; who says no?
However, injuries and lack of opportunity under Bulls head coach Jim Boylen have summarized Valentine’s time with Chicago. At this point, both the Bulls and Valentine may benefit from a trade.
In 30 games for the Bulls this season, Valentine is averaging 5.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He’s shooting 40.2 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and a perfect 100 percent from the free-throw line.
The Bulls are 19-33 on the season. They are in ninth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings and four games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff spot out East.