Bulls Expected To Trade Zach LaVine Immediately, 4 Teams Emerge As Options

Bulls Expected To Trade Zach LaVine Immediately, 4 Teams Emerge As Options

The Chicago Bulls appear to be reaching the end of the road with Zach LaVine.

After a failed 2023-24 NBA campaign that saw LaVine struggle to stay healthy and the Bulls fail to make the postseason, changes are coming.

LaVine, specifically, appears to be on the outs.

According to Bulls insider K.C. Johnson, a trade involving LaVine may be on the horizon.

“Multiple outlets, including NBC Sports Chicago, have reported that management’s main offseason priority is trading LaVine,” he wrote. “At first, a prevailing line of thinking emerged that LaVine, especially with so much money remaining on his deal, would have to show teams that he’s healthy in order to be traded.

“In other words, that his trade market might not develop until closer to the February 2025 trade deadline. Multiple rival executives no longer believe this is the case. Playoffs, and playoff failures, can change rival franchises’ thinking,” Johnson added.

“Would the Philadelphia 76ers be motivated to use their salary cap space to add another elite scorer in LaVine? Is Orlando willing to add a veteran scorer to its young promising mix? Does Donovan Mitchell’s uncertain future in Cleveland lead to, if not a direct match, some three-team possibilities? What about Golden State not making the playoffs?”

LaVine has previously expressed interest in being traded to 1 of 4 teams, but it is unclear whether Chicago will honor his wishes.

As things presently stand, LaVine has three years and almost $140 million left on his contract. Who will ultimately step up and take it off the Bulls’ hands? Time will tell.

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