Would the Bulls accept the Knicks’ best offer for LaVine?
To evaluate the trade, we have to set aside that the Chicago Bulls are unlikely to reach a point where they decide to make Zach LaVine available before this season’s trade deadline. If things reach a point where the Bulls are willing to deal, would this be the package that works for Chicago?
There is not a premium player heading back to the Bulls, but there rarely are in such trades. The explosion of Lauri Markkanen notwithstanding, the three trades for stars from this summer were heavily weighted toward young prospects and draft assets. The Bulls would be getting both from the Knicks here.
Quentin Grimes would step into the Alex Caruso role, allowing the Bulls to either double down or shop Caruso. Immanuel Quickley is already a better point guard prospect than Coby White, and Obi Toppin gives them some athletic juice. The picks are nothing special.
This isn’t an overwhelming trade offer, but there is a lot to like. The Bulls will probably hope for a higher-ceiling prospect or better draft assets, but they could say yes to this.