The Golden State Warriors have been far too reliant on two-time MVP Stephen Curry so far this season, with the 35-year-old leading the team in scoring through all 11 games.
The Warriors desperately need improved production from Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson following the pair’s underwhelming start to the season. Yet if that doesn’t come to fruition, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and the front office may have to look externally to gather some assistance for Curry.
The Chicago Bulls have emerged as a potential trade partner for all rival teams, including the Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors.
With a 6-5 record and the history of championship experience, the Warriors still have time for Wiggins, Thompson and the likes to find their way. The same may not be said for the Chicago Bulls whose Zach Lavine-DeMar DeRozan-Nikola Vucevic trio continues to underperform.
A loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday sunk the Bulls to a 4-7 start, having finished outside the playoff picture last season. Last week ESPN’s Brian Windhorst revealed on NBA Today that Chicago are the one team rivals are monitoring for potential trades later this season.
"“In talking to some people around the league, the scouts are jamming themselves into Bulls games because they realize that at some point, the Bulls may break this team up. And they’re all gathering intelligence like, ‘What’s gonna happen with the Bulls?'”"
DeRozan and Lavine aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s little doubt they have the potential to fill the void of a secondary scorer that the Warriors desperately need. The same could be said for Vucevic who would provide an offense skillset Curry and Golden State have rarely, if ever had in their big men over the last decade.
Lavine is currently making just over $40 million, is under contract for a further two seasons, and has a player option for 2026-27. DeRozan is a little different, with the 34-year-old on an expiring $28.6 million deal. Vucevic has just started a new three-year, $60 million contract with the Bulls.
Even beyond their star players, Chicago have a number of role players that would be considered attractive to rival teams. That may be headed by Alex Caruso, with the 6’4″ guard currently averaging 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals on 59.1% shooting from the floor and 44% from three-point range.
Torrey Craig is another who many Warrior fans were desperate for the franchise to sign in free agency during the offseason. The 32-year-old forward has averaged 4.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists on 36.4% three-point shooting so far this season.
Golden State made a trade at last season’s deadline in February, moving former number two overall pick James Wiseman to the Detroit Pistons as part of a four-team deal that saw them re-acquire Gary Paton II from the Portland Trail Blazers.