3. DeMar DeRozan
The Chicago Bulls are facing a franchise-defining season. They re-signed Nikola Vucevic and upgraded their roster this offseason, but was it enough? Chicago has missed the playoffs in five of the last six years and has already ruled out Lonzo Ball for the entire season. Zach LaVine was in trade rumors this summer and a rough start could make the Bulls sellers at the deadline.
DeRozan is on a $28.6 million expiring contract, and Chicago should explore his market if they do not plan to sign him to a long-term deal. The 6’6 wing has made two straight All-Star appearances and is arguably playing the best basketball of his career. DeRozan is an elite scorer that could certainly help a contender if the Bulls deal him.
Would the Warriors get in on the bidding? The 34-year-old has played in the conference finals just once in his 14-year NBA career, so he could be eager to join a proven winner. DeRozan is a dominant mid-range scorer, but could struggle to fit into the Dubs’ free-flowing offense. If the Warriors are looking to replace Chris Paul, DeRozan could be the most talented option available.
The six-time All-Star is facing an uncertain future, but it would be surprising to see him land in the Bay Area. Head coach Steve Kerr would have to change the offense in the second unit to let DeRozan attack. It could help the Dubs in the playoffs but would be a massive mid-season change.