3 Bulls Who Won't Survive the 2024 Trade Deadline

With the 2023-24 NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching, don't be surprised if these three Chicago Bulls are longer in the Windy City after Feb. 8.

Zach LaVine is one of three Chicago Bulls who likely won't survive the trade deadline.
Zach LaVine is one of three Chicago Bulls who likely won't survive the trade deadline. / John Jones-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Andre Drummond, C

Playing on an expiring contract this season, Andre Drummond is a prime rental candidate ahead of the trade deadline.

The 30-year-old big man has been a solid soldier for the Bulls this season, averaging 7.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.2 steals while playing about 16 minutes per contest. He's had eight double-doubles thus far and finished with 10-plus rebounds 16 times, including when racked up a season-high of 25 against the Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 26.

Although his prime is in the rearview mirror, it's clear that Drummond has some juice left in the tank — at least enough for a bench role on a championship contender. ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported on Jan. 23 that the Lakers view Drummond as someone they could match up against the Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic in a potential playoff series.

Drummond is likely beyond the point where he can land the Bulls a first-rounder in a trade, but I wouldn't be surprised if they can get a younger player and a second-rounder in exchange. After all, he landed the Detroit Pistons a 2023 second-rounder, Brandon Knight, and John Henson when he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February 2020.

Unless the Bulls are fine with losing him for nothing in free agency, I'd say Drummond is the likeliest player of these three to be moved before the deadline.

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