The Chicago Bulls have not made a trade for a player since August of 2021—nearly three years of not acquiring a player via trade. As the NBA trade deadline came and went, the Chicago Bulls stood pat on their roster again. Despite rumors surrounding Zach LaVine, Andre Drummond, and DeMar DeRozan no trade came to fruition Arturas Karnisovas has gone three straight trade deadlines without making a trade. The word continuity echos constantly through Bulls fans heads.
At the beginning of the NBA season it looked likley that Zach LaVine would be traded at some point during this season, however the Bulls never moved off of their high asking price, and LaVine underwent season ending surgery ending any trade that was possible. The Bulls wer expected to discuss moving DeRozan who will be a free agent this offseason, but nothing major was reported. There were mixed reports about the 76ers being interested in DeRozan, but they ended up trading for Buddy Hield. Andre Drumond was rumored to be traded as the trade deadline approached with the 76ers and the Thunder being two teams that registered interest, but Drummond was ultimately retained.
The Future of the Chicago Bulls
As the Bulls continue with mediocre play one must wonder what the plan is for the future of the team. The lone brightspot for the Bulls this season has been Coby White who has improved his play. White looks to be a favorite for the Most Improved Player award this season. However, the Bulls still look to be stuck in between a rock and a hard place. It almost feels as if the front office is stalling for the return of Lonzo Ball. Karnisovas’ vision seems to be that the return of Lonzo Ball would turn the Bulls’ fortune around. Chicago Bulls fans will have to wait and see what the front offfice has in-store for the roster this summer.