Bulls Trade Proposal Lands Karl-Anthony Towns From Timberwolves

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If you’re an NBA fan, you’ve likely said the following sentence: “The Chicago Bulls need to rebuild”. This team looks like they’re stuck. The Bulls are on the NBA’s dreaded mediocrity treadmill. 

For fans, the solution is obvious. The Bulls should sell on all of their best players. They need to collect assets and look to the future. For this organization, that seems to be easier said than done. 

It’s worth noting that a rebuild is burdensome. It’s difficult. Fans will lose interest, and as a result, owners will lose money. Perhaps the Bulls don’t want to rebuild. Could they acquire Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves? 

NBA Trade Proposal 

Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: G Lonzo Ball, C Nikola Vucevic, 2027 First-Round Pick (CHI), 2029 First-Round Pick (CHI), 2030 First-Round Pick (Swap – CHI) 

Chicago Bulls Receive: F/C Karl-Anthony Towns 

Fans may call for a team to rebuild. General managers may have a different vision. Sometimes, it turns out that they were right all along. 

A situation may look doomed. With time, things can look different. Sometimes, a team just needs some time to gel. Once they develop a system and some chemistry, they can take off. 

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Look at the Timberwolves. Last year, fans were calling for them to rebuild. The organization stuck it out, and now, the Wolves are on top of the Western Conference. Why would they trade Towns? 

Why The Minnesota Timberwolves Do The Deal 

Perhaps they won’t. If the Wolves make a deep playoff run this year, they’ll likely keep their core together. Otherwise, this roster is about to get prohibitively expensive. 

After all, Anthony Edwards’ extension is about to kick in. Rudy Gobert is locked up on a long-term max. Some rumors have suggested that Minnesota could look to move Towns simply to clear up their cap sheet. 

This deal accomplishes that goal. Ball is on an expiring deal. Meanwhile, if he returns to form, he’d be an extremely useful player on this team.

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The Timberwolves could likely look to flip Vucevic for more value at the deadline. Most importantly, the Wolves are landing two first-round picks and a swap here. Should the Bulls give up those assets for Towns? 

Why The Chicago Bulls Do The Deal 

This may not be the most prudent decision for the Bulls. The smartest course of action is likely to rebuild. We’ve been over this: management does not appear to be open to that possibility. 

At the same time, standing pat shouldn’t be an attractive option either. The Bulls look stuck. If they’re not going to rebuild, they should make a win-now trade for a star. 

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Why not Towns? He’s improved as a defender, and the presence of Alex Caruso will make his life easier. He also remains one of the best offensive big men in basketball. Who knows? The Bulls may be glad they didn’t rebuild after making this deal. 

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