All’s quiet on the trade front after Bulls’ acquisition of Luwawu-Cabarrot
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Newly acquired swingman Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot will be in the Bulls’ plans when they return to the practice floor in Chicago, but coach Jim Boylen still has to figure out what the plans for him are.
‘‘He will be with us when we get back to Chicago,’’ Boylen said of Luwawu-Cabarrot, whom the Bulls acquired in a trade Friday with the Thunder. ‘‘We’ll incorporate him into our system, get him acclimated. When his opportunity will come, I’m not sure. But he’s part of us, and we’re thankful for him.
‘‘I know him a little bit just from being in the league and all that. I think he’s a guy that can make shots. He’s got a scorer’s mentality to him. He’s got good size. He’s a wing player that I’m glad we can take a look at and see what he could do.’’
In other words, Luwawu-Cabarrot will have 29 games to show the front office whether he will be part of the rebuild moving forward.
The bigger question for the Bulls is what more they will do before the trade deadline Thursday. It has been reported multiple times that the Bulls have been shopping Robin Lopez and free-agent mistake Jabari Parker, but they only have been able to deal Justin Holiday so far.
Teams tend to start talking more seriously during deadline week, so it will be interesting to see whether the Bulls can find a taker for either player.
Boylen said that while he had spoken with general manager Gar Forman, there has been no indication of trade activity.
‘‘I spoke to Gar about Timothé [on Saturday] morning and got his phone number, those kinds of things,’’ Boylen said. ‘‘Other than that . . . Gar is in [North Carolina] scouting, so he’s close.’’
The only trade-related things that have come up on the Bulls’ road trip were the reactions players had to Pelicans star Anthony Davis’ trade demands, then rehabbing Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis pushing his way out of New York in the mega-trade with the Mavericks.
‘‘It’s always been a players’ league,’’ guard Zach LaVine said. ‘‘Players run the league. At the end of the day, it depends on who the player is. LeBron [James] can say he wants to go to the Houston Rockets in the offseason, and they will make it happen.’’
Earning a stay?
Forward Wayne Selden was back in the Bulls’ starting lineup against the Hornets despite battling a sore knee, which led to the question of Selden’s staying power with the Bulls beyond this season. He will be a free agent this summer, but Boylen likes what he has seen.
‘‘I think he’s increased his value in the league,’’ Boylen said. ‘‘And what I like about him is he’s said to me multiple times, ‘I’ll do whatever you need me to do, Coach, and I’ll be ready when you call on me.’ He didn’t say, ‘I’ve got to start,’ ‘I’ve got to have so many minutes’ or ‘I’ve got to have this.’ ’’
Boylen said the Bulls expect Parker back in Chicago on Sunday after he left the team Friday because of a death in the family.
The Bulls don’t play again until Wednesday, so there’s some leeway. But they plan to practice Monday and Tuesday, and Boylen wants to make sure Parker is there.