Sunday, September 24, 2023

The Bulls-Lakers trade that would send Nikola Vucevic to Los Angeles this year

Nikola Vucevic’s value and prestige in the NBA declined somewhat last season. He was one of the main culprits in the Chicago Bulls’ disastrous defeat, as their defense deteriorated significantly (from one block per game in 21-22 to 0.7 in 22-23, the same figure for steals), but If there was one thing the Swiss native claimed, it was his ability to score threes.

Coincidentally, that’s exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers have been looking for since last year, as they were the second-worst team in the West at 10.8 per game, ahead of only the Houston Rockets. This is a problem they must solve to become masters.

A player who could solve these problems for LeBron James’ team is Nikola Vucevic, and the digital portal NBA Analysis Network evaluates the possibilities of a trade that would take the center to the Lakers, while the Bulls would receive Rui Hachimura and Jarred Vanderbilt .

Obviously, it would be a two-for-one swap: The Angelenos would give up two power forwards and get a higher-ranked one. Vucevic contributes much more from the three-point zone, and last year he shot 35% from there, which was the fifth-best performance in the NBA for fifth-ranked players.

Hachimura and Vanderbilt don’t have similar contributions from the three-point zone, although they do provide more support on the defensive side, but who wants that many defenders when you have Anthony Davis on the team? Hachimura stood out last year when he moved to the Lakers, but if he becomes a player for the Washington Wizards again, they will have problems in Los Angeles. And if you evaluate Vanderbilt, he left the team’s rotation (by technical decision) in the most important moment of the season, the playoffs.

In this sense, the Lakers could bet on making this change, but the recent signing of Christian Wood, a pivot who also shoots three-pointers (38% accuracy), suggests that the Californians can wait and keep their two wings – 24 -year center. With the current squad they are a more solid team in all areas.

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