5 Bulls most likely to be placed on trade block if Chicago blows it up

Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls (Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)
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Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
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4. Torrey Craig

It might sound odd putting Torrey Craig on this list after Chicago signed him to a veteran minimum deal just this summer, but I wouldn’t discount other teams’ potential interest in the two-way forward so easily.

Current Pistons head coach and former head coach of the Suns Monty Williams joked that he had nothing nice to say about Craig’s time under him in Phoenix, “I’m so glad I’m away from him. I hope you tweet that,” a jest likely made in response to impending reports of a potential Bulls’ rebuild.

If Chicago does indeed initiate a full-scale rebuild before the end of the season, I fully expect a player like Craig to be moved to a team with real playoff aspirations in return for young players or  second-round picks.

Contenders would be interested in Torrey Craig, but Zach LaVine would be the Bulls’ biggest asset in trade talks.

3. Zach LaVine

If the Bulls do decide to blow things up, I have very little doubt Zach LaVine would be the first name to pop up on everybody’s minds. In Chicago, he’s been forced to be a top option and has failed to carry his teams deep in the postseason. On a true championship contender, however, LaVine could easily become one of the most deadly second or third options on offense in the NBA.

It’s for this reason that we’ve seen opposing teams like the Lakers and Knicks clamor for his services for years now, but nothing substantial has come of trade talks to this point. LaVine is admittedly underperforming to start this season, but any team trading for him would likely value him as the player who has averaged 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game on excellent shooting splits over the last five years on the Bulls.

LaVine would undoubtedly fetch the biggest haul of young talent and draft picks of any player on the Bulls in a trade package, but the fact Chicago has the star shooting guard under contract through 2026 (with a player option for 2027) might mean the front office will be hesitant to move on from the face of their franchise so easily.