The Chicago Bulls will likely be viewed as the biggest seller at the NBA Trade Deadline next February with there being an expectation that Zach LaVine will be traded soon after December 15.
Outside of Lavine, it’s been unclear whether the Bulls will rebuild entirely or move forward with a core that includes veterans DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic.
The best action for the Bulls at the Trade Deadline would be a complete rebuild. Sure, we can feel good about the blind squirrel that is the Bulls finding a nut against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, but the fact remains this is a team with a core that is broken.
LaVine should not be the only trade that the Bulls make this season. Trading Vucevic may be difficult given that he is in the first season of a three-year extension with the team but DeRozan is a free agent after this season.
The Bulls and DeRozan were unable to reach a contract extension before the start of the season. With the Bulls’ season being over from the start, a trade of DeRozan now makes more sense than the idea of bringing the veteran back. DeRozan may be aware of this act and may already have his preferences for his next team.
Sam Amick of The Athletic (Subscription Required) reports that if traded, DeRozan is eyeing either the New York Knicks or the Miami Heat.
The Heat are the team to watch regarding any trade that the Bulls are going to make this season. Whether it’s LaVine or DeRozan, the Heat will have an eye on one of the Bulls’ All-Stars. The goal is that the Heat want to add another scoring compliment to Jimmy Butler.