3-team offseason trade proposal reshapes Hawks around All-Star

This blockbuster offseason trade proposal would remake the Atlanta Hawks and create one of the most dynamic duos the league has ever seen.

Atlanta Hawks guards Dejounte Murray and Trae Young
Atlanta Hawks guards Dejounte Murray and Trae Young / Todd Kirkland/GettyImages
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Bulls would make out like bandits in this hypothetical trade scenario

This would be an absolute boon for the Bulls, who offload the final year of Ball’s contract ($21.4 million) and move on from Carter, who signed a three-year contract in free agency last offseason but has been unable to lock down a consistent role in Chicago.

They’d also get a pair of talented forwards, filling a tremendous need.

De’Andre Hunter has been maligned by injuries in his career. But his value to the Hawks was clearest during his absence, and he has shown versatility to start or come off the bench.

Pincus notes this move would also take some pressure off the Bulls to overpay for 2020 No. 4 overall pick Patrick Williams as he heads to restricted free agency this coming offseason. The Bulls would be taking on the remaining three years of Hunter’s four-year, $90 million pact.

But Carter’s $6.5 million trade exception also helps an organization averse to the luxury tax.

Cissoko hasn’t logged many minutes in the NBA. But he has good size and an intriguing skill set worth continuing to develop in the G League.

For the price of a player they like but haven’t had on the floor for two-plus seasons and another who can’t carve out a role on a middling team – and no draft capital – the Bulls would solve their roster construction issues and can shave some money off the bottom line.

If this offer was sent to all three teams, the Bulls might be the first team to accept.

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