Report: Bulls willing to move Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson

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The Bulls may be looking to upgrade on the wing, and it appears they may be willing to part with one of their core veterans to get a deal done.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski said on his podcast, The Vertical, on Wednesday that the Bulls are looking to upgrade to a "talented wing player" and that the Bulls "are open to" moving one of Joakim Noah or Taj Gibson to get a deal done.

With Mike Dunleavy still without a timetable to return after back surgery and subsequent setbacks, and with neither Tony Snell nor Doug McDermott showing much consistency opposite Jimmy Butler on the wing it's an avenue the Bulls could look to upgrade with their uptempo offense.

Though the Bulls rank seventh in the NBA in pace, they're 27th in efficiency and 21st in 3-pointers made per game.

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The Bulls tout one of the deeper frontcourts in basketball, and dealing one of their bigs could free up playing time for rookie Bobby Portis, who has averaged 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes his last two games.

Joakim Noah's expiring contract may be enticing for a team looking to free up salary cap space, while Taj Gibson will be considered a bargain at $8.95 million next year when the salary cap increases.

Still, with Pau Gasol expected to opt out of his deal after this season, and Nikola Mirotic only signed through 2017, there could be major changes coming to the Bulls' frontcourt (and team as a whole) in the next year or two.

The Bulls may get a head start on it prior to February's trade deadline.

 

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