Chicago Bulls Quiet at Trade Deadline: Inside Their Secret Pursuit!

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The Chicago Bulls were once again relatively quiet during this year’s trade deadline, despite assurances of their efforts to strengthen the team’s core group. Among their pursuits was an attempt to acquire Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga.

According to reports from NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson, the Bulls explored trade talks with the Warriors involving Alex Caruso, and inquired about the availability of Jonathan Kuminga. However, their inquiries were met with a rebuff.

Kuminga, a former top 10 pick in the 2020 NBA draft, has been a solid contributor for the Warriors, averaging career-high numbers in points, rebounds, and assists this season. However, trade rumors surfaced after Kuminga expressed dissatisfaction with his role under Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

Despite this, Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy expressed confidence that Kuminga would remain with the team, describing him as “untouchable” in trade discussions.

While pursuing Kuminga could have added youth and athleticism to the Bulls’ roster, it’s speculated that it may have also been a strategic move to send a message to the Warriors, particularly regarding their interest in Caruso.

The Bulls have been vocal about their reluctance to part ways with Caruso, emphasizing his value to the team. Head Coach Billy Donovan echoed this sentiment, highlighting Caruso’s importance and stating the need for a significant offer to consider trading him.

As for DeMar DeRozan, another key player for the Bulls, there’s a desire from the team’s management to extend his contract. DeRozan, who has been instrumental in the Bulls’ recent success, has also expressed openness to returning, provided the terms are favorable.

Overall, while the Bulls may not have made any major moves at the trade deadline, their focus remains on strengthening their current roster and building towards success in the future.

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