4 Bulls Playing Their Final Season in Chicago

As the Chicago Bulls finish the remainder of their 2023-24 NBA schedule, don't be surprised if these four players aren't back in the Windy City next season.

The 2023-24 NBA season is like DeMar DeRozan's last in Chicago.
The 2023-24 NBA season is like DeMar DeRozan's last in Chicago. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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2. SF/SG Zach LaVine

DeRozan wasn't the only Bulls superstar who was involved in trade rumors leading up to the deadline.

Zach LaVine was also a popular name thrown around fantasy trades when the Bulls got off to a slow start this season. The 28-year-old is a two-time All-Star with three years and a player option remaining on his contract, which, in theory, should've landed Chicago a massive haul that could help with a potential rebuild.

But despite how many rumors popped up with each passing week, LaVine never got traded. Injuries kept him out of the Bulls' lineup from the middle of January until he eventually underwent season-ending foot surgery on Feb. 8. Ironically, that was the same day as the trade deadline, leaving fans to wonder why management waited until nearly the last second to shut him down.

The recovery period for LaVine's injury is estimated to be from four to six months, meaning he should be good to go for the start of the 2024-25 campaign. With that in mind, I fully expect teams to call up the Bulls this offseason to see if they can pry him out of Chicago.

Again, he's signed through 2025-26 with a 2026-27 player option, so trading him immediately isn't a must. However, the sooner the Bulls move LaVine, the bigger the potential return will be.

The ex-UCLA product averaged 19.5 PTS/5.2 REB/3.9 AST on .452/.349/.854 in 25 games before suffering his season-ending injury.