The Utah Jazz have made it pretty clear that they’re planning on breaking up their core this Summer, which has led to a lot of speculation surrounding their two stars, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
But with Mitchell being the face of the franchise, it seems a lot more likely that Gobert would be the first domino to fall, and a lot of buzz is linking the center to the Chicago Bulls.
Vucevic-for-Gobert seems to make more sense for Chicago, in the Bulls’ efforts to fortify a defensive attack around LaVine. And while Vucevic is generally considered a net negative on the defensive end, the popular package that’s been mentioned by league executives of Vucevic and second-year forward Patrick Williams would introduce the perimeter defender the Jazz have long been said to covet.
Chicago’s willingness to part with Williams remains to be seen. The Bulls were strongly resistant to including Williams in preliminary conversations with the Detroit Pistons to acquire Jerami Grant before the trade deadline, sources told B/R.
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The Bulls would likely have to part ways with their current center, Nikola Vucevic, along with some other pieces in order to land Rudy Gobert.
But the center would give them a much-need presence down low that they’ve lacked in recent years (and ultimately ended up being their demise in the postseason.)
The Rudy Gobert-Donovan Mitchell partnership could never get Utah over the hump. But expect a huge market for either if/when they become available this Summer.
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