Re-working the trade to where it benefits the Chicago Bulls
Based off what we know about the Bulls and Lakers, it makes sense that they could come to an agreement on a deal. However, the Lakers aren’t getting DeRozan. If Los Angeles wants to be done with the Westbrook experiment and attempt to win this year, then they can try something like this.
In this deal, L.A. gets LaVine instead. Clearly, LaVine is not himself, still recovering from his knee injury. But, paired up with LeBron where he doesn’t have to be “the guy,” could benefit him. If anyone knows how to get the most out of younger, budding players, it’s LeBron.
For the Bulls, keeping DeRozan is a big win and allows them to spend in free agency next year, knowing that guys want to play with him. The expiring deal of Vucevic gives Los Angeles some flexibility too, next year, and obviously frees up money for the Bulls too.
Going into next offseason, the Bulls have plenty of cap space and a true leader and star in DeRozan. Hopefully, by then, Lonzo Ball is back and healthy, and the Bulls can try this reloading thing all over again.