The Bulls are in talks to acquire Daniel Theis from the Boston Celtics at the trade deadline, KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. reported Thursday afternoon.
The acquisition is building on the Bulls’ previous trade of Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison to the Washington Wizards for Troy Brown Jr. and Mo Wagner, according to Ryan McDonough. Here are the full parameters, including Javonte Green coming to Chicago and Luke Kornet heading to Boston:
The Celtics signed German-born Theis in July 2017, and he has carved out an important role for them ever since. He started all 17 playoff games last season (center) as the team advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, and started 37 of 42 appearances before the deadline this season, averaging 9.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and a block while he was shooting 55.2 percent from the field. and 34.7 percent from the 3-point range.
Theis makes $ 5 million this season, but is ready for unrestricted free agency this summer. Green, a 6-foot-4 athletic wing on the fringes of the Celtics’ rotation, will be a restricted free agent this offseason.
For the Bulls, an active day culminates in which they acquired Nikola Vučević, Troy Brown Jr. and Al-Farouq Aminu. Theis fits the mold of the kind of big space Billy Donovan has shown an affinity for, and he also brings cunning on the defensive end. At 6-foot-8, he’s rocked between center and power forward, which would make him a versatile fit on the front court alongside any of the Bulls greats.
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