Is it harder to trade stars/superstars in today’s era?
So as most of us know Thursday June 22 Jimmy Butler was traded to Minnesota Timberwolves to form a super team in my opinion. Most Bulls fans hated the trade just look at this guy, he may be a Timberwolves fan next season https://twitter.com/RCoyle14/status/878047967835500545. The trade looked like this Bulls receive Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn and the 7th pick (Lauri Markkanen) Timberwolves receive Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick (Justin Patton). Okay, so let’s look at this trade and break it down. ‘
Who the Bulls received:
Zach Lavine is a 22 year old shooting guard, he just recently won the dunk contest in the 2015–2016 year. But then being injured from the All-Star break to the end of the season. In my opinion this was a good pick up for them but, if we look at this team’s roster they already have many guards.
Kris Dunn is a 23 year old point guard, In his only NBA season he averaged 3.8 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds. Most would say he is a bust but I believe he needs more time and he was 3rd string for half the season with the Timberwolves.
Lauri Markkanen the 7'0 big man who the Bulls drafted with 7th pick, in his only year at Arizona he averaged 15.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and shot .432% from the 3 point line. With the Bulls already having 2 young power forwards in Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic if Lauri is actually a good player I can see them playing him at Center. This man is 7'0 foot tall I’m pretty sure he can really develop into this system of shooting big men. With Nikola Mirotic by his side, I see a bright future for Lauri but not the Bulls.
Who the Timberwolves received:
Jimmy Butler the 30th pick in the 2011 NBA draft. he is a defensive monster winning 3x All-Defensive teams. I think this was the perfect time for the Timberwolves to trade for Jimmy he is coming off of a fantastic 2017 All-NBA 3rd team season. Jimmy is a solidified star in today’s NBA and will bring what is needed to help this young team in Minnesota.
Justin Patton the 6'11 Center from Creighton who the Timberwolves drafted with the 16th pick will be a backup Center, with Karl Anthony-Towns starting. He averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in his collegiate season. With the 7th pick most people had the Timberwolves drafting Jonathan Isaac or Lauri Markkanen to fill in the power forward spot. But since they traded it either Gorgui Dieng or Justin Patton will start at Power Forward.
After breaking down this trade does it look like the Bulls should’ve traded Jimmy Butler? I say yes they should’ve because they didn’t have the pieces around Jimmy to be a contender. But this wasn’t the right trade they could’ve got a lot of more out of Jimmy because he is a star in today’s game. What if I told you this is the best they could of got for Jimmy. Let’s look at another recent trade.
One of the most recent ones is Demarcus Cousins. He was traded at the trade deadline in the 2016–2017 season to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Sacremento Kings received an unproven but maybe a future star in Buddy Hield, A bench warmer in Langston Galloway, A backup small forward in Tyreke Evans and the #10 pick in the draft. That #10 pick in the draft was traded for the #15 pick and #20 pick which ended up being Justin Jackson and Harry Giles. The Kings did get a lot in return but I consider Demarcus Cousins a superstar and supersars value should be more than unproven rookie, a backup who’s out of his prime, a bench warmer, and 2 non lottery picks.
Which brings me to this conclusion are stars/superstars even worth trading anymore? Are teams getting value out of stars, even if it means they can tank and draft a bunch of players who could be bust?
Thank you guys for reading this, the next star/superstar trade there is which may be Paul George here soon me or Larry will most likely make an article about it.