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Trade Rumors: Bulls’ Bigs Garner Interest

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Chicago Sun Times writer Joe Cowley revealed that Bulls big men Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. have several suitors.

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The Bulls, who are outside of the NBA’s restart in Orlando, are in the headlines due to new rumors regarding trade speculation. According to Chicago Sun Times writer Joe Cowley, big men Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. are garnering interest from other teams.

An NBA scout told the Chicago Sun-Times that there were some teams actively zeroing in on several Bulls, including Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.

Cowley went on to highlight that the Bulls have yet to fully engage in trade discussions.

First, sources have indicated the organization hasn’t even crossed the trade bridge. Executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas hasn’t even rounded up the entire roster at the Advocate Center for a full workout.

This is more about other teams waiting to pounce after the Bulls make a decision on the coaching staff.

Markkanen, a sweet-shooting post player from Finland, was selected at No. 7 in the 2017 NBA Draft. He was quickly shipped to Chicago from Minnesota as part of the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves. Following a strong sophomore campaign in the NBA, Markkanen regressed in several key areas during his third year (points per game, field goal percentage, rebounding).

Carter Jr., who played alongside current Trail Blazers wing Gary Trent Jr. at Duke, averaged 11.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in his second season with the Bulls.

You can read the full story from Cowley at the Chicago Sun Times.