It's not always the case in sports for trades to work out well for all parties involved. But the Bulls' move to deal Thabo Sefolosha to Oklahoma City for a first-round draft pick in 2009 represented one of those happy-all-around transactions.
Sefolosha was blocked on the Bulls' depth chart by the likes of Larry Hughes, Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich during his 2 12 seasons in Chicago. The No. 13 overall pick in 2006 who was immediately dealt to the Bulls from Philadelphia wasn't able to break through, starting 40 games from 2006-2009.
He's become an unsung hero of Oklahoma City, though, tenaciously guarding the top backcourt players of Miami, San Antonio, Los Angeles and Dallas as the Thunder have rolled into the NBA Finals.
"In Chicago, my position was pretty stacked," Sefolosha explained to the Chicago Sun-Times. "So I was happy to move out of Chicago. But at the same time, I was thankful for what they did drafting me and giving me an opportunity there. And trading me to a team that had a bright future."
The Bulls used the pick they acquired for Sefolosha to select Taj Gibson in the 2009 NBA Draft. That wraps it up as being a pretty successful trade for everyone.