NBA Rumors: Wizards willing to trade for a lead guard; Bulls exploring options at center

The Washington Wizards are expected to be active this offseason as they hope to create a winning environment around leading star Bradley Beal, who has one more season remaining in his current deal.

More specifically, they are interested in adding another shot creator alongside Beal in their perimeter. The Wizards tried to do the same thing with guard Spencer Dinwiddie last season, but they shipped him to Dallas later in the year.

The Wolves are expected to explore trade options for D’Angelo Russell, especially with Anthony Edwards blossoming this past season. According to Darren Wolfson (h/t Hoopshype), the Wizards are not interested in acquiring the Wolves’ scoring guard.

According to Bleacher Report, Russell could be a target for several teams, including the Knicks. Rival executives have pointed to Minnesota Timberwolves starter D’Angelo Russell as a potential lower-level trade target.

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Russell, 26, has one season left on his contract at $31.4 million. Another guard who can be a trade chip this offseason is Indiana Pacers’ point guard Malcolm Brogdon. The Pacers are expected to be in a rebuilding state, and they will add another young star via draft this offseason.

Bulls exploring options at center

In other rumors, the Bulls might be poise to enter Rudy Gobert’s sweepstakes if the Utah Jazz defensive star becomes available this offseason. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Bulls seem to be among the teams interested.

Chicago has already explored its options on trading away starting center Nic Vucevic since the February deadline. Vucevic has one year remaining in his current deal, and he can be used as a trade chip this offseason.

Fischer suggests the Bulls will have to include forward Patrick Williams in a potential package for Rudy Gobert. Gobert’s place on Utah’s roster is not guaranteed now that Quin Snyder was dismissed from the team’s bench, per Fischer.

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