The Portland Trail Blazers are looking for a trade partner in their search to find a new backup center. The Bulls have been mentioned as the front-runners and could offer up multiple players that would help fill the void on either side of the ball.
The “bulls nba” is a team that has been mentioned as a potential buyer for the Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala. The Bulls are one of many teams that could be interested in Muscala, but they would have to make some moves to clear cap space.
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On Thursday, the Chicago Bulls did not make any deals before the deadline, but they might be quite active in the buyout market. Mike Muscala of the Oklahoma City Thunder is one of the names touted in relation to the Bulls.
Chicago might be interested in a number of players, according to Heavy’s Steve Bulpett, and the sharpshooting stretch big was one of them.
Paul Millsap (most likely candidate), Kings big man Marvin Bagley, Chicago native Patrick Beverley (if he is traded), former Bulls favorite Thad Young (who might be too good for a buyout), stretch 4 Mike Muscala, center Derrick Favors, and point guard Goran Dragic are among the players who could help the Bulls in the buyout market if they can work something out with their current teams (or if they get traded).
The NBA trade deadline has passed since Bulpett’s article was published, and a couple of these names are expected to be dropped. Bagley was part of a four-team trade that included the Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Clippers.
Beverley stayed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he was up to his old tricks against the Bulls on Friday night at the United Center, as Chicago outshot Minny 134-122.
Dragic was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, but if he is bought out, he is expected to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Favors, Muscala’s teammate, was not traded, and he may be a buyout possibility for teams looking for a tough veteran presence on the interior.
Young is a former Bulls favorite, and if the Toronto Raptors decide to buy him out, he might return to Chicago. The Raptors, on the other hand, are on the rise and may want to keep the versatile veteran. Millsap is another player whose name has been floated in relation to the Bulls on several occasions, but the issue remains as to whether player is a better match.
Muscala is hitting a career-high 42.7 percent from three-point range in 43 games with the Thunder. Muscala is scoring 8 points per game, but his 3 rebounds per game show he isn’t exactly a rebounding machine.
Muscala’s ability to spread the floor with his shooting and his real 7-foot height make him a potential asset for the Bulls, even if he isn’t the best interior defender and rebounder. He might be a stronger backup option behind Nikola Vucevic than Tony Bradley, depending on the matchup.
Muscala is presently out with an ankle injury and is anticipated to return after the All-Star Break.
The Other Buyout to Keep an Eye on for the Bulls
DeAndre Bembry was dismissed by the Brooklyn Nets to create place on the roster for Ben Simmons. Bembry excels at both ends of the field. He started 20 of the 48 games he appeared in.
Bembry averaged 3.2 rebounds and a steal a game while shooting just under 42 percent from three. He’d offer the Bulls another consistent three-and-D player who can play at least two spots at 6’5′′ 210 pounds.
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be quite interested in Bembry, but it will be intriguing to see who he chooses. Most NBA clubs could use a player with Bembry’s skill level, so he should have his choice.
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