The Chicago Bulls can’t seem to make up their mind about this season. They go on winning streaks followed by losing streaks, they have the league’s best clutch shotmaker yet lose innumerable close games, beat the East’s top contenders and get blown out by tanking teams, and their best players are both best friends and incompatible, disgruntled stars.
Lately, the Bulls have been playing better and righted the ship, winning six of their last nine, but that has only brought them to 10th in the Eastern Conference. No team enjoys breaking up a good thing, but with reports of Zach LaVine talking to management about disliking his current role, antennae around the league have been raised in case he demands a trade or the Bulls make him available.
The Chicago Bulls could trade Zach LaVine. Who are the top suitors?
In their latest round-up of NBA rumors, HoopsHype reported that rival executives are keeping a close eye on the LaVine situation and that if the All-Star guard were to become available, a number of teams will be interested. The New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers make up that list of interested suitors.
Of that quartet, the Los Angeles Lakers are by far the most desperate to shake things up, with LeBron James making veiled comments about competing to the media and the win-now Lakers stuck down in 12th place. What would a trade offer from the Lakers look like for LaVine, and would the Bulls be interested?