The Bulls turned into sellers ahead of the NBA's trade deadline.
According to CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill, the Bulls have traded Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne. The Vertical first reported the trade.
Both Gibson and McDermott had been on the trading block, as Goodwill reported last week.
Payne, 22, was drafted by the Thunder in the first round (14th overall) in the 2015 NBA Draft. In 20 games this season, Payne is averaging 5.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game.
Lauvergne, 25, was acquired by the Thunder from the Denver Nuggets prior to the 2016-17 season. In three seasons, Lauvergne is averaging 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
The 31-year-old Morrow is averaging 5.8 points in 40 games this season.
Bulls GM Gar Forman and VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson will meet the media following today's 2 p.m. deadline.
As the NBA trade deadline unfolds, we're keeping an eye on all the rumors around the league, including the status of Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and other Bulls players.
Denver made a "monster" push for Paul George, but to no avail:
Denver today made a "monster" offer to Indiana for Paul George, league sources tell @ChrisBHaynes and me, but the talks gained no traction.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
Knicks, Timberwolves engaged in Ricky Rubio/Derrick Rose talks:
The Knicks and Timberwolves remain engaged in trade talks toward a deal headlined by Derrick Rose and Ricky Rubio, league sources tell ESPN.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
Sixers trade Nerlens Noel to Mavericks:
Philadelphia is sending Nerlens Noel to Dallas for Justin Anderson and a first-round draft pick, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
Celtics, Pacers talking Paul George (Nets pick included):
Update on Boston, Indy: Boston hasn't met Indiana's asking price on Paul George, but Nets pick has entered conversation now, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
Suns shopping Brandon Knight
The Suns continue to shop Brandon Knight and other vets (including Tyson Chandler) but have struggled all week for traction on their guys.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
Rubio a target for Knicks
Minnesota's Ricky Rubio remains a significant target for the Knicks today, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017