Some would say the Chicago Bulls are exceeding expectations through the first half. When they decided to basically bring back the same squad that sneaked into the play-in tournament last season, many of the Bulls faithful did not set the bar high for the 2023-24 season. But their recent stretch of great basketball has catapulted them into playoff contention, currently holding the ninth spot in the east.
What's interesting is that stretch of winning came just as the Bulls lost All-Star Zach LaVine to injury for roughly four weeks. The team was noticably gelling and moving the ball more efficiently during his absense. Since his return, the Bulls have stayed competitive for the most part.
As the trade deadline looms, many are wondering what the Bulls plans are and what they prefer to do with LaVine -- trade him or keep him. One insider may know the inverse of that: what LaVine himself would like.
Insider believes Zach LaVine wants out of Chicago
Hoops Wire has the quote from NBA insider Brian Windhorst saying LaVine would "happily go to the airport" if the Bulls were to trade him, implying that he would like his time in Chicago to end. This comes as no surprise because there is a history of body language and passive agressive quotes from LaVine about head coach Billy Donavan in regards to the way he runs this squad.
If this is truly LaVine's attitude about the situation, good riddance. We've seen the Bulls operate without him, and they exceeded expectations.
If Chicago makes it out of trade season hanging onto Alex Caruso and continue to let Coby White cook, this team can make the playoffs.
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