Bulls stars Zach LaVine and Thaddeus Young react in surprise to franchise-altering trades

Peter Dewey
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The Chicago Bulls made a huge splash on Thursday by acquiring All-Star center Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic for Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr. and two first-round picks.

The Bulls also acquired Troy Brown and Moritz Wagner.

Bulls star Zach LaVine reacted to the trade news on Twitter.

He was joined by teammate Thaddeus Young, who also seemed surprised by the news.

The trade immediately vaults the Bulls into the playoff conversation.

Chicago is currently the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 19-24 record.

However, Vucevic gives Chicago a second star that it can pair with LaVine to make a push in the East.

As it is, Chicago is only three games behind the No. 4 seed Charlotte Hornets and could easily make some ground up in the coming weeks.

Vucevic, 30, is averaging 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.