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The Chicago Bulls roster appears to be ready for the season as the team currently has 15 players. The Bulls had a low-key summer as they re-signed All-Star Zach LaVine to a max contract of five years $212 million and added veterans Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic on inexpensive contracts.

With that said the Bulls still have questions about their current roster first of which is the health of Lonzo Ball’s knee and if he’ll be ready for the start of the season. Beyond that, the Bulls also didn’t address some of the weakest parts of their roster.

Chicago still doesn’t have a rim protector and lacks three-point shooting. With that in mind, it’s fair to wonder if the Bulls might look to make a move before the season.

Proposed Trade

Another concern for the Bulls going into this season is that Nikola Vucevic is entering the last year of his contract with the team. So Chicago will need to make a decision on what they want to do with Vucevic.

If the Bulls don’t plan to offer Vucevic an extension then the team could look to trade him before or during the season to avoid losing him for nothing. If Chicago wanted to boost their interior presence they could look to the Memphis Grizzlies as a trade partner.

On ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine trading Vucevic for Steven Adams and Brandon Clarke works. It could be a trade that entices both teams enough to get a deal done.

Why it Could Work

For the Bulls adding Adams and Clarke would certainly strengthen the team’s interior presence. Adams is regarded as one of the strongest players in the league and is coming off of a season that saw him average 6.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

Clarke is coming off his third season in the NBA and averaged 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 19.5 minutes per game. His play improved in the playoffs as he averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game.

The Grizzlies could be willing to make this trade because they have depth at center. Also, Vucevic would bring a veteran presence to a young team and could help them stretch the floor from the center position.

With Vucevic entering the last year of his contract the Bulls will likely way their options on the best course of action. If the team does want to extend him then they could try before the season gets underway to see where Vucevic is at on his future in Chicago.

Other Bull on the Market

It’s no secret that the Bulls have been shopping Coby White since the end of the season. For the time being, the team has yet to receive an offer they like for White and has chosen to hold onto him for now.

However, if the Bulls did decide to trade Vucevic the team could put White in a deal as well to try and sweeten the pot. This situation is certainly worth monitoring for the Bulls as training camp approaches.

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Red Sox are giving fans nothing but unending pain down the stretch

After an unpredictable season, the Boston Red Sox see the end approaching quickly — and it doesn’t seem to be a happy one. 

Chris Sale’s bike debacle encapsulates the entirety of the Boston Red Sox season: bizarre, unpredictable, avoidable, and ultimately tragic.

They’ve had several ups and downs, but they’ve been on a consistent downfall throughout the summer that shows no sign of improvement. If Boston continues at this tepid pace, they won’t be able to make the playoffs.

To add to struggles throughout the season, the Red Sox now have several players who are suddenly underperforming. Veteran outfielder J.D. Martinez started the season well and was hitting .406/.467/.604 by the end of May. His performance has significantly gotten worse each month since, and he’s now down to a low .161/.206/.226 for August.

Boston’s star pitcher Nick Pivetta has also had a major decline in performance. He allowed three runs in six innings in Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, which ended in an 8-4 loss. According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, the “Red Sox bullpen has a 7.16 ERA since the All-Star break, the worst (by more than a run) in MLB.”

The once-hopeful team will likely say goodbye to any championship hopes this season long before October.

Boston Red Sox seem unlikely to make playoffs amid Nick Pivetta and J.D. Martinez struggles

The Red Sox are sitting at the bottom of the AL East standings and are the only team in the division below .500. They’ve only finished last twice in the past eight seasons (2015 and 2020).

Though it wouldn’t be impossible for Boston to make it to the playoffs, they’d have to turn their performance around and consistently play well. FanGraphs currently has their playoff odds at 13.1 percent and their World Series win probability at 0.4 percent.

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