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Could the Bulls benefit from Lakers, Magic problems?

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Could the Bulls benefit from Lakers, Magic problems?

Monday marked a big day in Los Angeles and Orlando. The Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy and parted ways with general manager Otis Smith, and the Lakers were eliminated in Game 5 of the playoffs by the Thunder.

Trade rumors have been circulating since then about Dwight Howard's role, as well as moves the Lakers will make to improve next season.

Despite the shake up in Orlando, Howard still wants out. However the list of teams he'd like to play for doesn't include Chicago.

Although the "super team" idea of Rose and Howard together seems undesirable for the Magic's All-Star, Chicago needs to reevaluate how they will perform with their MVP out the majority of next season due to his ACL injury.

But the likeliness of Luol Deng being traded is slim due to his wrist injury, so any possibilities of Howard coming to the Windy City are looking pretty non-existent.

The Lakers' elimination in Game 5 on Monday will certainly result in trade rumors surrounding the entire team, aside from Kobe Bryant. Immediately following the game, NBA fans already began discussing Pau Gasol and the possibility of a trade via Twitter.

Many Bulls fans have been keeping an eye on Gasol for a good portion of the season, even entertaining the idea of a trade involving Carlos Boozer.

But a Gasol-Boozer exchange wouldn't happen.

Despite his struggles this season, Gasol is a better overall players, and Boozer didn't help his case by displaying a lack of hustle in Games 1-3 in the postseason. The Bulls are also looking to save money next season, and Gasol earns 4 million more per year than Boozer does, so this swap would not make sense for either team.

What trade options do you think are the most realistic for the Bulls?

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

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Scott Changnon

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

On the latest CubsTalk Podcast Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki discuss the state of the Cubs offense, the value of Javy Baez and Addison Russell and what it means now that the starting rotation looks to be finding its form.

With 17 games in 17 days (most of which come against contending teams), the Cubs started things off right with a series victory in St. Louis.

Listen to the entire podcast here:

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Quinn Hughes

Position: Defenseman
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"He's got the puck skills, is a good skater, and is a guy with some high-end offensive talent. He wants to get right in there and play where it's hard and where you get rewarded. When he gets that puck on his stick, he wants to bury it."

NHL player comparable: Torey Krug/Kris Letang

Fit for Blackhawks:

It's no secret the Blackhawks are looking to restock their pipeline with some high-end defensemen. Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell are on the way. But the former isn't a lock to be a full-time NHLer this season and the latter will continue playing in college for the 2018-19 season.

Hughes, who shined at Michigan and the IIHF World Championship with Team USA, would have the best chance of the three to crack the Blackhawks lineup first. The problem is, he likely won't be available at No. 8, so if Hughes is the guy they're locked in on, they'd need to trade up to grab him. 

If they did that, Hughes would give the Blackhawks a third blue line prospect they can get excited about. He's a left-handed shot, which evens out the balance in the system, and he would become a prime candidate to eventually replace Duncan Keith as the team's No. 1 defenseman.