Trade Destination for Wizards Montrezl Harrell: Chicago Bulls
Another team fighting for the top seed in the Eastern Conference is the Chicago Bulls, who like the Bucks, could use a player like Harrell. Unlike the Bucks, the Bulls have their starter healthy and available in Nikola Vucevic.
Vooch is a key player in the team’s success and will be moving forward. He needs a better backup, though, and Harrell could be the perfect guy to come off the Bulls bench for the rest of the season.
He helps them in multiple ways. First, relief for Vooch. Second, he adds a scoring threat further down the roster that the team would certainly benefit from having. Chicago is top-heavy in terms of scoring threats, and they are a little thin in terms of overall depth in their rotation.
Harrell would give great scoring to the team playing alongside perimeter threats like Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan. He would also be another strong rebounder for a team that has a rebound by committee approach next to their one good rebounder, Vooch.
Chicago would be unlikely to sign Harrell long-term, so they may be limited in what assets they’d move for him. Coby White is someone who could be had but it wouldn’t make much sense to move him for a short-term addition.
Derrick Jones Jr. could make the money work in a trade and is a young wing player with great athleticism. The Wizards are already trying to open up wing minutes for young players, though, so this would be another trade that would almost certainly require a third team getting involved.
If the Bulls really want to go for it, a deal involving White and Jones Jr. could return Harrell, Aaron Holiday and a wing from either the Wizards or a third team. Regardless of how aggressive they are willing to be the Bulls should at least kick the tires on acquiring Harrell.