Bulls Accused of Overvaluing Key Trade Piece

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Around the time of the NBA Draft, it was claimed that the Chicago Bulls had no interest in trading for Rudy Gobert.

Zach Harper of The Athletic reports that Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley reportedly blocked the move

because the Utah Jazz asked that Patrick Williams be part of the trade package going to Salt Lake City.

The Jazz instead struck a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who agreed to send four first-round picks.

 A promising rookie (Walker Kessler) and veteran salaries (Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Leandro Bolmaro) to Utah in exchange for the former Defensive Player of the Year.

Will the Bulls ultimately regret this no-deal? Yes, according to an Eastern Conference official who spoke exclusively to Sean Deveney of Heavy.

The CEO claimed that Patrick Williams was overvalued. Teams had interest in him, but they quickly lost it.

He was (the current front office's) first choice, so I understand that they have a lot riding on him.

Additionally, they put a lot on his plate right away when he displayed some flashes.

But will he really make the leap? You want to witness him play a bit forcefully and with presence.

That hasn't happened, and in my opinion, you should all in once you assemble a team that is intended to sort of go for it right now.

I believe they will regret not signing Williams to a deal there and the Gobert situation. They would have gained influence in the East as a result.

This offseason, the Bulls front office emphasised "continuity," which many of the team's supporters interpreted as stagnation.

However, it appears that the Bulls will eventually need to at the very least bring in a seasoned power forward to back up Williams.

Is a trade opportunity still available? To trade Coby White, the Bulls still seem to have the necessary depth.

With Ayo Dosunmu's emergence and anticipated growth, the Bulls' backcourt should be in good shape.

To add some strength and toughness to the team, they may be able to swap White for the power forward they require.