The NBA trade deadline is like a second Christmas for basketball fans.
Twitter notifications are turned on for Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania as fans await the avalanche of deals that happen before 4 p.m.
Fans of contending teams hope they bring in the missing piece.
While fans of rebuilding teams wish for added draft picks.
The commonly used term for rebuilding teams at the trade deadline is “sellers.”
These NBA franchises trade away their quality rotation players to get draft picks in return.
For these two teams, they should look to sell this deadline.
1. Washington Wizards
The two teams mentioned here will not be obvious candidates.
Teams such as the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Charlotte Hornets are all rebuilding teams.
They will be covered extensively as the deadline approaches.
The Washington Wizards are not a rebuilding team, but they would do well to become one.
Superstar Bradley Beal has missed 11 games, during which the Wizards have gone 4-7.
— Faisal Hassan (@Faazzla) December 15, 2022
But their fortunes don’t vastly differ when he is on the court.
Washington is 7-11 when he does play – nearly an identical win percentage.
It is time for a full reset in Washington and has been for a while now.
2. Chicago Bulls
Next up is the Chicago Bulls, a team that went all in before the 2021-22 season and seemed to be on the right track.
Chicago acquired center Nikola Vucevic at the 2020-21 trade deadline.
The Bulls went 46-36 and led the Eastern Conference for a long stretch of the season before injuries took a toll.
2022-23 has not been the next step they were expecting.
REPORT: Lonzo Ball is “not guaranteed” to play at all this season. His knee reportedly “still has pain in it,” per @wojespn.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) December 15, 2022
Chicago sits at 11-16, 11th in the Eastern Conference, despite their “Big Three” missing a combined four games (all Zach LaVine).
What’s more, Ball reportedly may not return at all this season as he continues to rehab a knee injury.
The current construction of the roster does not appear to be working.
Chicago may want to sell some of its stars to fit some different pieces around LaVine.