After undergoing a third surgery on his left knee, Chicago Bulls starting point guard Lonzo Ball is anticipated to miss the entire 2023–24 season, which is why one NBA writer thinks Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole may be a suitable match in the Windy City.
Poole was identified as a potential offseason trade target for the Bulls, who missed the playoffs this year after making them in 2022, by Jack Simone of Bulls Wire.
“Whether or not Chicago would be interested in Poole is a different story, but his shooting would undoubtedly help their offense,” Simone wrote. “No matter how inconsistent he may be at times. A deal would probably see some combination of Ball, Caruso, and Williams sent to Golden State. The Bulls may even have to give up some sort of picks in a deal. But again, while his value may be low, Poole is still only 23 years old. There’s plenty of potential there.”
Poole is a skilled goalkeeper. For the Warriors this season, the Michigan product averaged a career-high 20.4 points while shooting 43.0% from the field, 33.6% from beyond the arc, and 87.0% from the charity stripe. Poole, though, was unable to continue his good fortune from the regular season into the postseason.
Poole averaged just 10.3 points in 13 postseason games against the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers in 2023 while shooting a poor 34.1% overall and 25.4% from 3-point range. The Warriors, who defeated the Boston Celtics to win the title last season, were defeated by the Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals in six games, despite Poole scoring only 8.3 points per game on average.
In October 2022, Poole agreed to a four-year, $128 million agreement with the Warriors. Next season sees the start of the lucrative extension. Three All-Stars on the Bulls’ roster stand out: DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Vucevic.
Since Poole is a skilled scorer and shooter, he might complement the three veterans well. It will be intriguing to watch whether Chicago contacts Golden State about a potential Poole deal this summer.