The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers have both expressed interest in acquiring DeMar DeRozan from the Chicago Bulls in a trade. The Bulls, who have only five wins in twenty games this season, are experiencing a locker room rift that has been affecting their performance.
DeRozan, who is averaging 21.5 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game this season, has been the subject of trade rumors along with his teammates, guard Zach LaVine and center Nikola Vucevic. The Lakers have reportedly offered a package including DeAngelo Russell, Rui Hachimura, and a 2029 first-round draft pick in exchange for DeRozan.
DeRozan, a Los Angeles native, almost joined the Lakers in 2021 but negotiations fell through, and he ended up with the Bulls instead. The Lakers were also interested in swapping Russell Westbrook for DeRozan prior to last season’s trade deadline, but the asking price was too high.
Meanwhile, the Lakers have advanced to the knockout stage and are currently in ninth place in the Western Conference standings. They have secured a spot in the quarterfinals of the In-Season Tournament and are +500 odds to win the tournament. The team is in need of a third playmaker who can handle the scoring load, particularly when LeBron James and Anthony Davis are out due to injuries.
The Lakers’ struggles have affected their odds to win the championship, which currently sit at +1700. They are also listed at +550 to win the Pacific Division, behind the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, and Sacramento Kings. Despite their underperformance, head coach Darvin Ham has hinted that James will play fewer minutes, but this has not yet materialized, as James continues to average 33 minutes per game.