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The Chicago Bulls are already having a trying season. The Bulls have won just 12 out of 56 games this season, ranking them 13th place in the Eastern Conference, just three spots from the bottom.
Chicago did themselves no favors before the trade deadline, trading two productive assets on Thursday. The Bulls moved out Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis to bring in small forward Otto Porter Jr.. Parker was averaging 14.3 points, but was not getting the playing time that his play warranted. From the beginning of the season, it was clear that the Bulls and Parker did not see eye to eye, resulting in the benching of Parker for a majority of the Bulls games. Parker has only started 17 games, despite the desperate need for offense in Chicago. Portis was scoring 14.1 points and grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game for the Bulls before being traded, offering the question as to why the Bulls are trading away two of their most capable young players.
The Bulls are bringing in Otto Porter Jr., a lengthy forward who can do a job on offense and defense. Time will tell if this questionable swap was worth it for the Bulls.
It’s not too often that a team that is in a playoff spot decides to trade their best player, but that’s exactly what the Clippers chose to do early Thursday morning. The 76ers and Clippers agreed to a deal that sent Tobias Harris to Philadelphia. The Clippers also sent out Mike Scott and Boban Marjanovic, and received Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, and four future draft picks.
Even though the move has the intent of opening up cap space for next season, the Clippers were a good team this season. Before trading Tobias Harris, the Clippers had a hold on the 8th spot in the Western Conference, 1.5 games back from 6th place. Tobias Harris was the leader of this team, leading the Clippers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 20.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. The assets that the Clippers traded for can’t possibly replace the production of Harris, and will likely result in the Clippers falling out of the playoff race. The Kings, who are just 1.5 games back, got better as a team, adding Harrison Barnes to a hunger, young lineup. Look for this trade to drag the Clips out of the playoff race, with the Kings taking their position.
The Pelicans didn’t have an ideal trade deadline day. In fact, it was quite the opposite. New Orleans was unable to bring in a big trade for forward Anthony Davis. Davis, who has expressed his desire to leave, will have to remain in New Orleans until the Summer, when the next round of offers will come through to the Pelicans.
On top of failing to move Anthony Davis, the Pelicans went on to move Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic averaged 16.4 points and 8.3 rebounds for New Orleans this season.