Making a trade deal that involves sending shooting guard Zach LaVine to the New York Knicks would be risky for the Chicago Bulls.
This was a really disappointing way for the Chicago Bulls to head into an offseason that will build up to the fourth year of this tumultuous rebuild. The Bulls rounded up the 2019-20 season with a record of 22-43 prior to the novel coronavirus-induced hiatus from back in mid-March. Given that, a lot of of Bulls fans expected that management/ownership would want to part ways with head coach Jim Boylen after another subpar campaign in the Windy City.
Boylen has now tallied up a record of 39-84 in his two seasons as the Bulls head coach. He took over as the interim in place of the departed former head coach Fred Hoiberg back in December 2018. Boylen didn’t do too well in his first season with the Bulls as the head coach, but regressed in a lot of ways this year too.
Despite all of the flaws for Boylen with the Bulls over the course of the last two seasons, it looks like they could still bring him back for the 2020-21 campaign. If that becomes reality, then the outlook from some of the top players in the young core. One that sticks out at least of late is 6-foot-6 electric shooting guard Zach LaVine.
Since LaVine had a career year in the season that was for the Bulls, he is certainly in a weird spot this offseason. His career trajectory still looks to be on the up and up, but he might want out of the Bulls don’t get the right team around him.
There is also a report out from Ian Begley of SNY that teams like the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have at least done background work on LaVine as a potential trade target. That doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s anything tangible to a LaVine trade rumor with the Knicks or Nets, but it’s certainly an interesting thought
If a team like the Knicks were to actually pursue a LaVine trade with the Bulls, here’s a look at how that could happen.