NBA trade deadline: Bulls acquire Daniel Theis from Celtics in 3-team deal

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Bulls acquire Daniel Theis from Celtics in three-team trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Bulls are in talks to acquire Daniel Theis from the Boston Celtics at the trade deadline buzzer, NBC Sports Chicago's K.C. Johnson reported Thursday afternoon.

The acquisition is being folded into the Bulls' earlier trade of Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Troy Brown Jr. and Moe Wagner, per Ryan McDonough. Here are the full parameters, including Javonte Green coming to Chicago and Luke Kornet heading to Boston:

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The Celtics signed the German-born Theis in July 2017, and he's carved out a sizable role for them since then. He started all 17 playoff games last season (at center) as the team progressed to the Eastern Conference finals, and started 37 of 42 appearances before the deadline this season, averaging 9.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and one block while shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from 3-point range.

Theis makes $5 million this season, but is set for unrestricted free agency this summer. Green, an athletic, 6-foot-4 wing on the fringe of the Celtics' rotation, will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

For the Bulls, it caps an active day that saw them acquire Nikola Vučević, Troy Brown Jr. and Al-Farouq Aminu. Theis fits the mold of the type of floor-spacing big Billy Donovan has displayed affinity for, and brings savvy on the defensive end as well. At 6-foot-8, he's oscillated between the center and power forward spots, which would make him a versatile frontcourt fit alongside any of the Bulls' bigs.

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