In the summer of 1988, Charles Oakley was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks for Bill Cartwright, and a 1988 first-round draft pick. In the summer of 1989 the Chicago Bulls traded forward Brad Sellers to Seattle for the 18th pick in that summer's draft. The moves gave the Bulls players like Will Perdue and three first round picks (Stacey King, BJ Armstrong & Jeff Sanders) in the 1989 draft and allowed them to continue the growth process with young forwards Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant.
As I watch the development of young Bulls players like Jimmy "Buckets" Butler and Taj Gibson I am reminded of the late 1980's and the shaping of what would become the Bulls dynasty in the 1990's. Carlos Boozer and Loul Deng seem the likely candidates to play the roles of Oakley and Sellers. And at this point in their careers they have better trade value also. I would say for his rebounding Oakley tops Boozer but Deng is clearly better then Sellers.
It will be interesting to see if history repeats itself once again as this team moves forward. With the team owning a future 1st round selection from Charlotte in the next 4 years and the draft rights to euro-star Nikola Mirotic of Real-Madrid. There is no doubt in my mind that if there is a next Bulls Dynasty it will be created using the first as a mentor. Past moves like the Oakley and Seller's trades will be used as reference.