Bulls Trade Gibson, McDermott, and Second Round Pick to Thunder for Payne, Lauvergne, and Morrow

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The Chicago Bulls has traded power forward Taj Gibson, small forward Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second round NBA Draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for point guard Cameron Payne, center Joffrey Lauvergne, and shooting guard Anthony Morrow.

Gibson, 31, has been in the NBA for 8 seasons, all with the Bulls. He is coming off of a season in which he played in 73 games and averaged 26.5 minutes per game, 8.6 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, 1.5 assists per game, 1.1 blocks per game, and 0.6 steals per game. He shot 52.6% from the field, 0.0% from 3-point range, and 69.2% from the free throw line.

This season, Gibson has played in 55 games and averaged 27.3 minutes per game, 11.6 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, 1.1 assists per game, 0.9 blocks per game, and 0.5 steals per game. He is shooting 52.1% from the field, 16.7% from 3-point range, and 71.4% from the free throw line.

Over his 8-year NBA career, Gibson has played in 562 games and averaged 25.2 minutes per game, 9.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, 1.0 assist per game, 1.2 blocks per game, and 0.5 steals per game. His career shooting percentages are 49.5% from the field, 8.8% from 3-point range, and 69.4% from the free throw line.

McDermott, 25, has been in the NBA for 3 seasons, all with the Bulls. He is coming off of a season in which he played in 81 games and averaged 23.0 minutes per game, 9.4 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, 0.7 assists per game, 0.1 blocks per game, and 0.2 steals per game. He shot 45.2% from the field, 42.5% from 3-point range, and 85.7% from the free throw line.

This season, McDermott has played in 44 games and averaged 24.5 minutes per game, 10.2 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, 1.0 assist per game, 0.1 blocks per game, and 0.3 steals per game. He is shooting 44.5% from the field, 37.3% from 3-point range, and 88.1% from the free throw line.

Over his 3-year NBA career, McDermott has played in 161 games and averaged 20.2 minutes per game, 8.2 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game, 0.7 assists per game, 0.1 blocks per game, and 0.2 steals per game. His career shooting percentages are 44.5% from the field, 39.8% from 3-point range, and 84.9% from the free throw line.

Payne, 22, has been in the NBA for 2 seasons, both with the Thunder. He is coming off of a season in which he played in 57 games and averaged 12.2 minutes per game, 5.0 points per game, 1.5 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game, 0.1 blocks per game, and 0.6 steals per game. He shot 41.0% from the field, 32.4% from 3-point range, and 79.2% from the free throw line.

This season, Payne has played in 20 games and averaged 16.0 minutes per game, 5.3 points per game, 1.6 rebounds per game, 2.0 assists per game, 0.2 blocks per game, and 0.5 steals per game. He is shooting 33.1% from the field, 30.8% from 3-point range, and 100.0% from the free throw line.

Over his 2-year NBA career, Payne has played in 77 games and averaged 13.2 minutes per game, 5.1 points per game, 1.5 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game, 0.1 blocks per game, and 0.6 steals per game. His career shooting percentages are 38.5% from the field, 31.9% from 3-point range, and 82.1% from the free throw line.

Lauvergne, 25, has been in the NBA for 3 seasons and has played for 2 different teams. He is coming off of a season in which he played in 59 games and averaged 17.6 minutes per game, 7.9 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 0.9 assists per game, 0.3 blocks per game, and 0.2 steals per game. He shot 51.3% from the field, 24.5% from 3-point range, and 89.9% from the free throw line.

This season, Lauvergne has played in 50 games and averaged 14.8 minutes per game, 5.7 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 1.0 assist per game, 0.1 blocks per game, and 0.4 steals per game. He is shooting 45.5% from the field, 34.6% from 3-point range, and 63.8% from the free throw line.

Over his 3-year NBA career, Lauvergne has played in 133 games and averaged 15.4 minutes per game, 6.3 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, 0.9 assists per game, 0.2 blocks per game, and 0.3 steals per game. His career shooting percentages are 48.0% from the field, 29.3% from 3-point range, and 75.5% from the free throw line.

Morrow, 31, has been in the NBA for 9 seasons and has played for 6 different teams. He is coming off of a season in which he played in 68 games and averaged 13.6 minutes per game, 5.6 points per game, 0.9 rebounds per game, 0.4 assists per game, 0.1 blocks per game, and 0.3 steals per game. He shot 40.8% from the field, 38.7% from 3-point range, and 74.4% from the free throw line.

This season, Morrow has played in 40 games and averaged 15.7 minutes per game, 5.8 points per game, 0.7 rebounds per game, 0.5 assists per game, 0.1 blocks per game, and 0.6 steals per game. He is shooting 38.7% from the field, 29.4% from 3-point range, and 88.5% from the free throw line.

Over his 9-year NBA career, Morrow has played in 555 games and averaged 22.0 minutes per game, 9.5 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game, 0.9 assists per game, 0.1 blocks per game, and 0.6 steals per game. His career shooting percentages are 44.7% from the field, 41.7% from 3-point range, and 87.8% from the free throw line.

 

 

-Asher Fair