3 reasons Spurs fans should be excited by Chicago's failure

Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs
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Chicago isn’t a bottom-four team

After acquiring Nikola Vecevic from Orlando, the Bulls sent their 2023 first-round pick to Florida. The Magic are in a rebuild themselves, although they went on a six-game win streak earlier this month, beating Boston twice. 

Despite the Magic’s recent success, Orlando is still a bad team competing for a top pick. Having two selections in the lottery would increase their chances of landing Victor Wembanyama or Scoot Henderson, either of who could instantly make the young Magic or Spurs contenders. 

The chances of Chicago bottoming out with no pick of their own in the upcoming draft (they own Portland’s in 2023) are low since they don’t have the incentive to tank this season. That’s why I think they will continue to be buyers this trade season and could make a move for Jakob Poeltl, even if he doesn’t increase their postseason chances.

The Bulls are playing subpar basketball and have a bleak future ahead of them, but luckily, San Antonio can capitalize on that. The failures and woes of other teams are of no concern to the Silver and Black, and they have situated themselves to prey on the downfall of other franchises. 

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The Bulls have been poorly run since Jordan retired for the second time, and the relatively small return that San Antonio got for their superstar in the trade last summer could turn out to be a massive haul if the implosion at the United Center carries on. 

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