Doug McDermott traded from Chicago Bulls to Oklahoma City Thunder

The reports also added that the Bulls will also get Joffrey Lauvergne and veteran shooter Anthony Morrow from the Thunder, who will also be receiving a second-round pick in 2018 to go along with Gibson and McDermott. The Atlanta Hawks sent Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers in January for two players and a protected future first-round draft pick. His shooting percentages are down this year, but I think that has to do with him shaking off the rust and an inability to get in a rhythm with Mr. Westbrook demanding the ball so much on offense. "We are really excited about adding him". When you believe in doing the right things, playing for a successful organization like the Bulls, good things can happen. There's still a chance the Bulls move him this offseason or later down the line. The pick isn't till 2018, though it's tough to argue it's worth it in this deal. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

In one deal, Chicago gave up on two draft picks that have overachieved (Gibson) and disappointed (McDermott) to equal degrees.

A bogus move from the front office shows little to no back bone at all. If not, then the Bulls basically gave away McDermott and Gibson, two key players, for basically nothing.

If Payne actually pans out and becomes the point guard that Chicago is desperately hoping for, then this trade will start to favor the Bulls. He was averaging just north of five points per game while seeing limited action as a sophomore in Oklahoma City.

With Jimmy Butler being one of the bigger names in trade rumors, the Chicago Bulls made a decision to keep their All-Star wing and not shake up their roster too drastically on Thursday. Payne, alongside Morrow, will help a relatively thin backcourt for the Bulls, with Rajon Rondo having struggled during his maiden season with the Bulls. Gibson was a living embodiment of what Thibodeau desired in players, someone who was defensive-minded, detail-oriented and willing to sacrifice anything for the team. He and Steven Adams are going to be a fron tcourt no offense will want to deal with in the playoffs. He made it clear, he doesn't care what changes are made to other teams.

Any contending team should have interest in Gibson next summer, who's held his head high during his long tenure with the Bulls.

The arrival of warm National Basketball Association bodies to play with Westbrook is a welcome change in the fan's eyes. We will all miss his stout defense and thunder dunks (didn't notice the pun till after I wrote it I swear).

The success of this deal is going to hinge on Payne's development going forward.

The 22-year-old Noel was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft. Maybe the Gar Forman-John Paxson confusion has reached such a level of frustration that it brings clarity.

  • Julie Sanders