Top Three Trade Destinations for Lauri Markkanen
The Chicago Bulls organization continues to fall downwards, with recent reports that star forward, Lauri Markkanen wants out if his role on the team doesn't change.
While only 22 and in his third season, Markkanen has shown multiple flashes of his true potential, averaging 16.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, while shooting 36% from three, showing his true potential as one of the best shooting bigs in the league. While Markkanen may not be a fit for Chicago's future with his current role, lets break down three possible trade destinations for the Finnish sharpshooter.
3. Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Receives; Lauri Markkanen, 2020 2nd round pick (from Memphis)
Chicago Receives: Sacramento 2020 1st round pick, Nemanja Bjelica, Justin James
The Sacramento Kings are in an interesting situation, to say the least. After picking things up from their disappointing first half of the season, the Kings are in need of another talented big with shooting capabilities. With the 12th best odds to win the lottery, trying to acquire a talent like Markkanen would be a smart move for Vlade Divac to help snap the Kings current 15 year playoff drought. For Chicago, acquiring a shooting big in Bjelica that fits the exact role Markkanen was wanted to play and adding more draft capital, this can highly benefit the Bulls with their current rebuild, avoiding having to extend Markkanen after the 2021 season as well.
2. Boston Celtics
Boston receives: Lauri Markkanen, Ryan Arcidiacono
Chicago receives: Celtics 2020 1st round pick (from Memphis), Celtics 2020 1st round pick, Romeo Langford
Okay this trade would be a no brainer for the Bulls, but having Gar Forman as general manager (for now), Chicago could actually say no to this. Chicago can use all the draft capital they can get. While none of these 1st rounders are lottery picks, having three first rounders and a young core of Coby White, Zach LaVine, and Wendell Carter Jr. could be interesting to watch in the upcoming seasons. For Boston, the Celtics need to start flipping picks for players to help them win now in the East. With Milwaukee seeming to be the Celtics challenge to make the finals, adding another offensive threat to the mix could be what the Celtics need to get over the hump. With the Patriots and Red Sox's championship windows falling, its time for the Celtics to pick up the slack.
1. New York Knicks
New York Receives: Lauri Markkanen, Chandler Hutchinson, 2023 1st round pick
Chicago Receives: Julius Randle, Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr. and 2021 1st round pick (from Clippers)
While the Knicks continue to strike out on every big name player in free agency, adding a talent in Markannen is what could possibly spark a true youth movement in New York. Flushed with young talent in RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, and Lauri Markkanen, this trio could provide success in the upcoming years with whoever the Knicks decide to be their head coach for the 2020-2021 season. For Chicago's end of the deal, adding a bonafide inside scoring talent in Randle and a young talent needing a change of scenery in Kevin Knox to a mixture of athleticism in the Windy City, the Chicago Bulls could an interesting squad to watch out for in the upcoming season.
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