On Tuesday afternoon, Shams Charania broke the news that the Chicago Bulls and Zach LaVine are becoming increasingly open to a trade.

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Zach LaVine’s Max Contract

It was not the Tuesday afternoon that Bulls fans expected. Just one season after signing LaVine to a max contract, league sources expect the roster to deform. Zach LaVine has had a terrible start to the 2023-24 NBA season. LaVine is shooting 40.9% from the field and 30.9% from three-point range. N0t the stellar performance that the Bulls expected from him. The Bulls had exploratory talks with teams about trading LaVine, but nothing came to fruition. KC Johnson has reported that the Bulls held a high price for Zach LaVine, but with recent performance, it’s unknown if that has changed. Chicago will likely look to deal LaVine before his contract is viewed as a negative asset.

Not the Bulls That AKME Pictured

Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley preached about making the Bulls contenders again, but their plan failed. The Bulls kept LaVine and added Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic around him. Unfortunately, one of the main pieces they acquired, Lonzo Ball, suffered a knee injury halfway through the team’s first season together in 2021 and has yet to return. Ball was the piece that tied the three All-Stars together, but AKME has failed to find his replacement. With multiple failed attempts from this roster core at contending, it’s time to rebuild.

Re-Shaping the Roster

If Zach LaVine is traded, it’s safe to assume that DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic are next in line. LaVine would be traded for younger assets, who would trend in a different direction than DeRozan and Vucevic. Shams also reported that the Bulls & DeRozan are far apart on a contract extension. DeRozan desires to win now, as does Vucevic, who re-signed with the Bulls this past offseason. Role players such as Coby White, Alex Caruso, Jevon Carter, and Patrick Williams may come up in trade talks. If Zach LaVine is traded, expect a complete overhaul of the Chicago Bulls roster.

NBA’s trade deadline is February 9th, giving the Chicago Bulls ample time to decide the roster’s fate. The Bulls have LaVine under contract through the 2025-26 NBA season, giving them no rush to trade Zach. However, DeRozan is in the last year of his contract, so his fate must be decided by February 9th’s deadline.
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