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Getty Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls.

The Chicago Bulls haven’t made too many big-time moves this summer, but they have made some necessary ones. They re-signed Zach LaVine to a massive contract extension, brought back Derrick Jones Jr., and then added both Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic via free agency.

However, as next season draws closer, it’s looking like the Bulls won’t be one of the top teams in the East. With squads like the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers topping the East, Chicago could be a couple of key moves away from truly contending.

That being said, improving their roster without gutting their core players could be difficult. But according to a Western Conference executive who spoke with Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, the Bulls have listened to offers for star big man Nikola Vucevic.

“Yeah, they are open to it [a Vucevic trade]. I would not say they have shopped him, but teams have asked, and they listen. He had a bad year last year, but he is in the last year, $22 million. If teams are looking to clear out a bad contract, that is one place to look, but where they are, they’re not looking to take on big, long-term money,” the executive told Deveney.

What a moment for his first triple of the night ????

Nikola Vucevic with the CLUTCH bucket to seal the @chicagobulls win! pic.twitter.com/vIHRfGQ4T0

— NBA (@NBA) January 27, 2022

However, the Bulls’ unwillingness to part ways with one of their other players could prevent them from trading Vucevic.

Bulls Unwilling to Trade Young Forward

According to the same executive, the Bulls are still not willing to listen to offers for Patrick Williams. And if they don’t include him in a package alongside Vucevic, they may not get the sort of return they would be looking for on the trade market.

“They’re also not giving up Patrick Williams and so it’s hard to find a package that makes sense if you are just giving up Vucevic without adding Williams,” explained the executive.

This sequence from Patrick Williams, holy moly pic.twitter.com/9YEuBqC70a

— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) August 1, 2022

Chicago’s reluctance to trade Williams has been well-documented. When big man Rudy Gobert was available on the trade market, Chicago was expected to be in the mix with a package revolving around Vucevic. However, the Bulls weren’t willing to include Williams in the deal, so nothing ever came of it.

But while the Bulls may not be willing to trade Williams alongside Vucevic, they have tested the waters in regards to a deal involving Coby White.

Bulls ‘Have Tested the Waters’ on White

The same executive who spoke to Deveney about a Vucevic deal noted that the Bulls have explored options involving both Vucevic and White. However, nothing much has come from that exploration.

“They have tested the waters on White, but there are not many takers there now. So a package of Vucevic and White, you’re going to limited in what you get there,” said the executive.

Reports such as this one have dated back to the beginning of the offseason. Earlier this summer on May 28, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Bulls were likely to explore trade options involving White in an attempt to improve their perimeter shooting.

“All eyes, meanwhile, will be on White and what the Bulls decide to do with him. He’s up for an extension if they want to make that leap now, but they more likely will look to trade him for the right piece — namely, an outside shooter who is more consistent.” wrote Cowley.

So, as the Bulls continue to search for pathways toward improvement, keep an eye out for a potential Vucevic trade.

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Celtics Forward Sounds Off on Former Teammate After Disrespectful Interaction

Getty Grant Williams and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics.

This past season was an extremely fun one for Boston Celtics fans. Although the season ended on a bitter note, with the Celtics losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, it was still great to watch Boston climb all the way back into title contention after struggling to start off the season.

Fans grew to love the current roster. From the stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, to the veteran big man Al Horford, to the role players at the end of the bench who always made headlines with their celebratory antics. It’s very easy to love this team.

And while he was only on the team for half the season, Josh Richardson clearly formed some close relationships with players on the roster. In fact, he and Celtics forward Grant Williams just wrapped up a funny Twitter interaction, which Williams ended with a hilarious response.

“You’re on your 4th deal ???? let me at least get to my second,” Williams tweeted.

You’re on your 4th deal ???? let me at least get to my second https://t.co/XivbqmX89e

— Grant Williams (@Grant2Will) August 4, 2022

Williams and Richardson were discussing a potential match on FIFA when the young Celtics forward was forced to end the discussion by alluding to the fact that he’s yet to receive his second contract.

It all stemmed from a simple call-out.

Williams Called Out Richardson

Recently, Williams has begun live-streaming on Twitch, playing a variety of different video games. While he was playing the popular game Fall Guys one night, he decided to call out Richardson and challenge him to a game of FIFA.

“Celtic, Dallas Maverick, Philadelphia 76er, Miami Heat, and Tennessee legend. Anytime you want to play FIFA, hit my line. Simple and plain. Because, at the end of the day, you will get pizza,” Williams declared.

Ayo @J_Rich1 you gonna take this disrespect from @Grant2Will ??? pic.twitter.com/MIy31SQoZl

— ???????????????????????? ???? (@GothamGrant) August 3, 2022

The two were teammates on the Celtics for the first half of last season before Richardson was dealt to the San Antonio Spurs at the trade deadline in the deal that sent Derrick White to Boston. Williams and Richardson are both alumni of the same college, as both played for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Richardson was unafraid to accept the challenge, though, as he quickly responded to Williams on Twitter.

Rest of the Interaction

After the clip of Williams got back to Richardson, the former Celtics guard responded by accepting the challenge, but on his own terms. Instead of playing for pizza, which Williams seemingly suggested, Richardson offered to play for cash.

“PIZZA.?!?!? Nah no way he can’t be talking about me . We can put a thousand on it right now @Grant2Will,” Richardson tweeted.

PIZZA.?!?!? Nah no way he can’t be talking about me . We can put a thousand on it right now @Grant2Will https://t.co/LPxNVeaYjD

— Josuélito (@J_Rich1) August 4, 2022

Williams didn’t love this idea, though, as he clapped back at Richardson, claiming that he always makes it about money.

“???????????????????????? d*** why it always gotta be money with you,” Williams responded.

???????????????????????? damn why it always gotta be money with you https://t.co/jeUDW2Nry9

— Grant Williams (@Grant2Will) August 4, 2022

Richardson then called Williams “scared” before the Celtics forwarded ended the interaction with the aforementioned tweet about waiting for his second contract.

“If u scared just say that,” Richardson tweeted.

If u scared just say that https://t.co/6r90tL0yGS

— Josuélito (@J_Rich1) August 4, 2022

Whether or not this long-awaited FIFA match between Williams and Richardson ever actually happens is unknown, but the build-up is certainly there. And if the match ever does go down, expect to hear about it on Twitter the next day because these two clearly love clowning each other in the public eye. It’s all love, though.

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