NBA Trades: Bulls jumpstart their rebuild with polarizing proposed offseason deal with Nets

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NBA Trades: Would the Bulls and Nets agree to the proposed deal?

Swartz appears to be on the right track with a Simmons for LaVine swap, but the picks are where the mock deal gets a little sketchy. LaVine is a better player, but he is one of the few players in the league with a worse contract than Simmons.

The Nets taking a chance on adding LaVine makes sense since they are trying to build around Bridges. Giving up two seconds is all well and good but giving up a great asset like an unprotected 2029 first seems like overkill. Instead, another first-rounder that is a bit less valuable, and even a 2029 pick swap, would be fairer.

After all, the Bulls would be getting off of LaVine's contract and could swap Simmons around the trade deadline for more assets as other team's look to offload salary. It might not be what the Bulls were hoping for, but it would allow them to reset much quicker

That is especially needed because they owe a future first-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs that is only top-10 protected in 2025 and top-8 protected in 2026 and 2027. That means that unless they are terrible for the next three years, they will be giving up a lottery pick—this after giving up one last season to the Orlando Magic.

All in all, as is, the Nets would likely say no to the deal but if it were tweaked slightly, then it would make sense for both sides.