Would the Chicago Bulls accept this deal?
The Bulls have to pick a direction this season. DeMar DeRozan is in the final year of his contract and soon Chicago will be paying the luxury tax for a fringe playoff team. Do the Bulls start over and rebuild or make moves to improve their chances of contending? All signs point to Chicago wanting to compete.
The Ringer rated Zach LaVine the 47th best player in the NBA, and James Harden 19th. The Beard is an elite offense by himself. He is still one of the best playmakers and shot-creators in the world. Yes, there are signs of decline, but he remains difference-making.
It takes star talent to win in the NBA. The Chicago Bulls can take their shot here and quickly pivot if things are not working out. By the end of Zach LaVine’s contract, they would likely be thankful they were off the hook for paying him.
Upgrading from Zach LaVine to James Harden only works if the ten-time All-Star commits to playing in Chicago. He wants to be in Los Angeles, and it could quickly turn disastrous if The Beard is not locked in.
Convincing the Chicago Bulls to give up Zach LaVine is likely the best off on the board for Daryl Morey and the Philadelphia 76ers. Can they make it happen? Do the Bulls make it a three-team deal to send James Harden to Los Angeles? Chicago is a sleeper team in this saga, so stay tuned.