Is there any chance the Bulls say yes to this insane trade?
There are a few different ways to answer the question of whether the Bulls would say yes to the insane three-team trade proposed above. The first is whether it is potent enough to bowl them over even if they don’t make the decision beforehand to tear down. That answer is no; those Lakers picks are juicy, in large part because they are a long way out, but that also means a long time in the wilderness.
If the Bulls make the call to rebuild, however, would this trade have enough to get it done? Taking it in two parts, the Lakers’ offer certainly comes close. Nikola Vucevic has minimal value leaguewide as an aging center who doesn’t protect the rim, but DeRozan is certainly a coveted trade candidate. Taking on the contract of Russell Westbrook is a big ask on top of the value of those two players, so two picks, however great they may be in five and seven years, isn’t enough to get this done.
The same goes for Zach LaVine and the compensation from the Dallas Mavericks. LaVine’s lack of playoff success and his knee injuries likely mean he will demand less than Donovan Mitchell got on the trade market, but for the Bulls to move him they likely need a draft haul and some young talent to start developing. This trade only brings back picks.
In the end, the Bulls probably should, but likely won’t consider a blockbuster trade. If they do, they should canvas the entire league, and in doing so will probably find a better deal than this.