In a recent report there has been growing speculation that the Chicago Bulls desire to make a draft night trade.
I personally believe that Gar Forman and John Paxson realize that time is ticking and that a huge leap in year three of the rebuild can prolong their tenures.
Reports recently surfaced explaining that the Bulls are open to trading any player on their roster not named Markkanen and Carter Jr.
There’s a growing belief around the NBA that the Chicago Bulls are open to trading anyone not named Lauri Markkanen or Wendell Carter Jr. (Via @DarnellMayberry)
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) June 12, 2019
With Markkanen as the focal point on this young Chicago core and Carter Jr. as his counter-part, understandably, this makes sense.
So what’s that mean for LaVine?
Zach LaVine came off a phenomenal season where he averaged 23.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 37 percent from three (all career-highs).
His season not only proved that he’s a prolific scorer, but that he can carry the load and be a dominant player for a winning team. Chicago has wisely realized his tremendous value and are open to trading him.
Being open to trading a player does not mean that you’re actively shopping him around the league. Only that if you come across the right deal, he’ll be available in discussions.
But calm down Bulls fans, only way I see LaVine being dealt away is to acquire a player like Anthony Davis (which would never happen).
LaVine has his flaws but trading him for the #4 pick is a little outlandish.
In a recent interview on Bulls Talk Podcast, the Chicago’s Tribune K.C. Johnson spoke on the Bulls draft approach:
“My sense is that they are really trying to make a trade. They have been quieter than when they usually are this time of year. I personally think that they are going to make a trade.”
With the draft a week away I expect many more rumors to come spilling out, especially ones that have Chicago and Lonzo Ball linked together.
Markannen and Carter Jr. have been established as the building blocks for this franchises rebuild and due to their star potential, they’ve been deemed untouchable. I have to say I like this move from management and their attempt to make a monumental leap in year three to contend for a playoff spot.
I’m anticipating a revamped roster for the Chicago Bulls post off-season.
T-minus six days until the 2019 NBA Draft.
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