Marvin Bagley III is a skilled player with flashes of dominance, but he doesn’t have the consistency to be considered one of the top players in his draft class. But many NBA scouts believe that Bagley’s upside scares them away from other options at their preferred position.
The “marvin bagley iii” is a basketball player who was recently drafted by the Sacramento Kings. He is set to be a part of the “Bagley and Bagley Jr.” family, which includes his older brother Marvin Bagley III.
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The Bulls of Chicago are a gritty lot. They demonstrated it once again on Sunday night at the Staples Center, when they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 100-90, avenging their worst loss of the season. The Bulls didn’t play flawlessly, but that’s part of what made the win so stunning on the road. These games are won by good teams.
All of this is good, but it doesn’t alter the reality that the Bulls will almost certainly need a power forward at some time. That vacancy has sparked a slew of trade ideas, the most intriguing of which links disgruntled Sacramento Kings big man and former lottery choice Marvin Bagley III to Chicago.
Bagley III might be of interest to the Bulls, according to Chicago Sun-Times Bulls beat writer Joe Cowley. In Sacramento, the former No. 2 overall selection has been benched and has lately refused to play in a game. The news served as a springboard for Cowley’s prospective trade notion.
Bleacher Nation’s Patrick K. Flowers weighed in on the Bulls’ prospective acquisition of Bagley III. Flowers penned:
You have to talk about locker room chemistry whenever you contemplate adding a talent like Bagley to a team having as much fun as the Bulls. Those are genuine issues. On the other hand, I can’t help but think of Bagley as a victim of circumstance.
We’re talking about a blue-chip talent who was taken second overall only a few years ago and is now on the back end of the bench after a strong season last year. I believe he just wants to play, and that isn’t going to happen in Sacramento. I’m willing to bet that his attitude would be OK after being dealt, particularly if it was to the Bulls. Putting that aside, Bagley would be a low-cost addition who might offer the Bulls with some much-needed size at the power forward position.
The Bulls have plenty of offensive firepower in their starting lineup, and I believe a 6-foot-10 Marvin Bagley could help strengthen that unit by adding size on the defensive end and helping this 21st-ranked rebounding club smash the boards.
Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Bagley, and Nikola Vucevic may be the new starting lineup, depending on what the Bulls had to give up to obtain Bagley. Tony Bradley, Alize Johnson, and likely Javonte Green would still be available off the bench for the Bulls. There are a few difficulties with this planned agreement.
What Do You Think the Kings Would Want in Return?
If Sacramento wants Coby White or Patrick Williams in exchange, they’ll have to give up something else. It would be fantastic for the Bulls if Bagley has fallen out of favor to the point where Sacramento is considering dumping him.
In any scenario, obtaining Bagley for White or Williams alone would not be fair to the Bulls. Bagley averaged double digits in each of his first three NBA seasons, but he hasn’t played much this season, which has damaged his worth.
It will be tough for the Kings to persuade the Bulls–or any other team–to leave with a guy who has been a key rotation player in a transaction in which Bagley is the main beneficiary.
If the Bulls are preparing to make a trade for a power forward, there is another factor to consider.
The Bulls’ roster relies heavily on chemistry.
The Bulls’ chemistry is already strong. There’s a good mix of experienced players who have had success in the league and new players who are determined to succeed. It would be foolish to throw any huge body into this mix and expect everything to fall into place.
Chicago should be on the lookout for senior players who are still waiting for a chance to play on a winning team, as well as young players who are skilled and interested in playing with LaVine, DeRozan, Ball, and Caruso.
Is Bagley the man in question? There are likely to be supporters on both sides, but Chicago would want to be certain before handing up prized assets.
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