This article was posted on November 17, 2023, at 11:10 a.m., and last updated at 12:57 p.m.
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls’ All-Star shooting guard, has been the center of trade rumors over the past three seasons. After a slow start, the Bulls are currently considering offers from multiple teams. Shams Charania from The Athletic reported that the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers are all interested in acquiring LaVine in a trade. According to Charania, there has been increased openness from both the organization and the player about exploring a trade.
As LaVine, 28, begins his seventh season in the NBA, the Bulls hope to fix their current issues after a disappointing finish last season. Despite the rumors, the Bulls chose to retain their star players during the offseason. However, with a lackluster start to the current season, trade chatter has amplified once again.
Following a recent loss to the Orlando Magic, LaVine responded to the trade rumors, indicating that it was just a regular Wednesday for him. His performance this season has been below par, with a decrease in scoring and assists compared to previous seasons.
The Philadelphia 76ers are considering adding LaVine to their team, but another option being discussed is a trade for Alex Caruso, the current sixth man for the Chicago Bulls. Caruso is seen as an ideal fit due to his playing style and contract details, offering the 76ers better financial flexibility compared to LaVine’s max contract.
While the Lakers and Heat have shown interest in LaVine, both teams face challenges in putting together trade packages that would entice the Bulls. The Heat, in particular, have a cautious approach in the trade market, even after guard Tyler Herro’s ankle injury raised speculation of a potential trade for LaVine.
Looking ahead, the Bulls face an uphill battle going by current odds, both to win the Central Division and make the playoffs. Despite hosting home games and having a chance to participate in the Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament, the odds suggest that they are more likely to miss the postseason altogether.