The Chicago Bulls aren’t done making moves, it seems. Now, the only question is, who is their next partner?
This season has gone from bad to worse, and then from worse to, “What on earth is going on?” for the Chicago Bulls. After doing what they thought was the sensible thing in firing former head coach Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls’ front office created an even bigger firestorm by giving the reigns to Jim Boylen.
At this point, most would agree that the Bulls will be indeed paying three head coaches after letting Boylen go this coming offseason — at least, one would hope.
Now looking at a potential top-3 pick, depending on how the rest of the season shakes out, the Bulls appear to be going full-on tank-mode. Each move the Bulls have made prior to this year’s trade deadline has been to acquire cash. Without getting into specifics, the team may not actually be giving up the second-rounders they have dealt in the process — look into that, and you’ll see what I mean.
The big news that dropped this weekend was courtesy of ESPN’s senior NBA writer, Zach Lowe.
"“The Bulls will listen on offers for anyone other than Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., sources say — and that includes Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine.”"
Yes, you read that correctly. The Bulls are willing to deal just about anybody on their current roster. It looks as if the only ones safe are each of the past two first-round selections by the Bulls — Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.
The most interesting part of this news, though, is the fact that Chicago would be fine dealing Zach LaVine. In his first year with the Bulls, LaVine has put up All-Star-like numbers (without getting the nod) and has proven to completely move on from that nasty ACL tear. He’s locked and loaded this season, and has played well, for the most part.
The Bulls signed LaVine to a relatively modest 4-year, $78 million deal last summer. In comparison to many other deals around the league, LaVine’s contract is no where near a bank buster. My guess is if the Bulls could land a first-round pick in exchange for LaVine, the front office won’t hesitate.
You thought the rebuild had been going for a while, didn’t you? Oh no, my friends. Gar Forman and John Paxson are here to tell you that it has just begun.