If the Chicago Bulls don’t feel confident in acquiring a starting-level point guard on the free agent market come July 1, this may be their best chance to upgrade the position.
Even though he came off the bench for the Thunder Dennis Schroder has proven to be a productive, starting level point guard in the NBA. His quickness and ability to set up teammates could help unlock the offensive abilities of the Bulls young frontcourt.
Chicago could also pair the 21st pick with their own seventh pick to add two players on team friendly contracts to their young and rebuilding team.
When looking from the Thunder’s perspective, Kris Dunn fits a prototype that Presti has targeted in the past: athletic, positional size and former high lottery pick that hasn’t played great early in his career.
While Dunn would be an offensive downgrade for Oklahoma City, his defense and price tag could be appealing.
While Denzel Valentine‘s season ending injury last season would be worrisome in a trade, his upside as a bench shooter could be attractive to the Thunder.
After Oklahoma City and Alex Abrines mutually decided to part ways due to a personal issue the Thunder lacked consistent shooting off the bench. Valentine’s career 37.4 percent from deep on over four attempts a game would be a huge boost for a Thunder team that struggled shooting all last season.
Oklahoma City would save roughly $9 million in salary from this swap, but due to the lopsided finances the trade could not officially go through until the start of the NBA’s new fiscal year.