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Exploring a Trade: NBA Teams Interested in Zach LaVine’s Availability

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NBA Teams Exploring Trade Options for All-Star Guard Zach LaVine

Multiple NBA teams ⁢are actively looking into the availability of ‍two-time All-Star guard Zach LaVine, with the Chicago Bulls and LaVine showing increased ‍openness to exploring a trade, according to ‌league sources.

Interest from Lakers, Heat, and 76ers

As the annual Champions Classic takes place‌ in Chicago, many of the NBA’s 30 general managers‍ are present, providing an ⁣opportunity for trade discussions to begin. The Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, and Philadelphia 76ers are among the teams expected‍ to express interest in LaVine, sources added.

LaVine’s Impressive Career in Chicago

Currently in his seventh season with the Bulls, LaVine has been a ‌consistent performer, averaging 21.9 points, 3.0 assists, and⁢ 4.8 rebounds per game while ⁢starting all ‍11 games this season. Standing at 6-foot-5, LaVine is ⁣in ‍the second season of a lucrative five-year, $215 million maximum contract.

Bulls’ Recent Struggles

Following a 118-109 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Bulls’ record stands ​at 4-7. They will look⁣ to ​bounce back ​when​ they host the Orlando Magic⁢ on Wednesday.

Backstory: Frustration‌ with Bulls’ Offense

After a disappointing 124-104 season-opening loss ⁣to the Oklahoma City‍ Thunder, some Bulls players, led by‍ veteran Nikola‌ Vučević, ⁣expressed​ frustration ​with the team’s offensive‌ approach. They believed it was too similar to‌ last season’s strategy, despite ‌expectations ⁤for change, sources revealed.

Off the court, the Bulls​ are keen on bringing back DeMar DeRozan, who is currently on an expiring deal. However, the future of DeRozan in Chicago remains uncertain as contract negotiations have hit ⁣a roadblock. The 34-year-old guard wants to assess the team’s direction before committing to a ⁣return.

LaVine and Bulls’ Struggles to Build a Winning Team

Since joining the Bulls in 2017⁣ as part of the Jimmy Butler trade, LaVine has been a constant presence on a team that has struggled to find success. Over the past five seasons, Chicago has amassed a record of ⁢192-284 and has only made ⁢the playoffs ​once, losing⁤ in the first round in 2022. The franchise has undergone multiple coaching⁤ changes and management regimes during ⁤this period.

LaVine signed a lucrative five-year, $215 million maximum contract before the start ​of the 2022-23 season. However, the Bulls’ failure ​to‍ make the playoffs last year and ⁤their slow start this⁤ season have prompted both LaVine ⁣and the ‍team to consider alternative options.

Potential Impact of a LaVine Trade

For the past six seasons, ‌the Bulls have heavily relied on LaVine’s scoring ability. ‍If a trade were to occur, the team would lose one of the league’s⁣ top isolation scorers and perimeter shooters. However, it would​ also provide an ⁣opportunity‌ for⁢ the Bulls to​ revamp⁣ their offensive strategy. Instead‌ of relying⁢ solely on LaVine, the team could implement a‍ more egalitarian system that keeps‍ all five players as⁤ offensive threats, making them harder to defend.

Required Reading

  • Zach LaVine’s career goals are obtainable ‍for Bulls, ⁢but how much does he want it?
  • Should Bulls trade Alex Caruso while they can? ⁣Or should Chicago keep him?

(Photo: Kamil‍ Krzaczynski / USA Today)

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