Chicago Bulls: 5 realistic 2019 draft night trade partners


They've been linked to Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving, among others. They acquired Otto Porter Jr. for expendable pieces at the trade deadline, and they still have significant cap space.

The Los Angeles Lakers, with LeBron James in place and Anthony Davis on the way, reportedly are attempting to clear enough salary-cap space to make a run at a third star player this summer. After the team struck a blockbuster trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, their attention has since shifted to putting together targets and primary players of focus in free agency.

Rob Pelinka discusses the upcoming Los Angeles Lakers' season at UCLA Health Training Center on September 20, 2018 in El Segundo, California. Brooklyn and Atlanta agreed to the first big deal of the offseason earlier this month involving draft picks and a major salary dump for the Nets so they can sign free agents to max contracts.

If Forman and Paxson decide to make a deal similar to this on draft night it would have to include LaVine which Bulls fans everywhere hope doesn't happen.

Boston is looking into trading up to No. 4, according to ESPN.

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There is also no need to worry about the future because, with Davis, the Lakers have a star in the middle of his prime that nearly every player in the league will want to play with. The Lakers have all their future second-round picks on hand except in 2021 and $5.7 million in cash available to send out starting on July 1 as additional compensation.

Apparently, the Lakers front office wasn't really thinking about cap space when they made the trade for Davis over the weekend.

There are teams with multiple selections in the first round, headlined by the Pelicans, Hawks, and Celtics, and trades could emanate as a result.

The three players mentioned are forward Mo Wagner ($2.1 million cap figure, per Spotrac), Jermerrio Jones ($1.4 million) and Isaac Bonga ($1.4 million).

The 2019 National Basketball Association season might be the most anticipated one in recent memory, and I'm here for it.