Two playoff contenders linked to trade for Bulls’ Thaddeus Young

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The Chicago Bulls are a team to keep a close eye on at the NBA trade deadline. Thaddeus Young seems to be the most likely player to be moved, although rumors have swirled around Zach LaVine as well. Other rumors have suggested that the Bulls could look to bring more talent in.

All of that being said, Young could very well be moved ahead of the deadline. There is a nice market for him and quite a few contenders could use a veteran forward like him in their lineup.

According to a report from NBA reporter Joe Cowley, the New York Knicks and Miami Heat are both teams to watch when it comes to a Thaddeus Young trade.

“The Chicago Sun-Times reported this month that several teams were intrigued with the idea of Thaddeus Young bolstering their bench . . . He would be an instant boost for teams going for that late-season push, such as the Heat or Knicks.”

Young has been a very consistent presence for the Bulls this season. He has been a key veteran mentor and his play has not decreased in value either.

In 28 games coming off the bench for the Bulls this year, Young has averaged 11.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He has shot 59.8 percent from the floor overall and just 22.7 percent from the three-point line.

Both the Heat and Knicks would be ideal landing spots for Young. He would slide in as a valuable role player. Young may not start for either team, but he would play big minutes coming off of the bench.

It will be interesting to see what ends up happening with Young at the trade deadline. The Bulls don’t necessarily “want” to trade him, but if a good offer is made, they should not pass it up. Young is not a long-term fit for them.

Expect to hear more rumors and reports about Thaddeus Young and the Bulls moving forward. He has a very good chance to be traded.