Chicago Bulls Open to Trading All-Star Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards in 2015
Zach LaVine at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards in 2015. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (4904787dl)

Zach LaVine’s time with the Chicago Bulls might be coming to an end. According to a recent report by The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Darnell Mayberry, the Bulls are believed to be open to trading LaVine if the right offer comes their way.

LaVine has been the Bulls’ best player this season, averaging 21.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. However, Chicago is far from competitive in 2023-24, currently sitting at No. 12 in the Eastern Conference with a 4-7 record, and could be looking to shake up its roster. It is believed that the player would also be open to a move.

Reportedly, there are more than a few teams interested in LaVine if the Bulls get serious about trading him. The list includes the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Miami Heat. 

LaVine recently addressed the rumors in a chat with reporters, saying he understands the business side of it.

“This is a business, man,” LaVine said via NBC Sports Chicago. “We’ve dealt with a lot more than people talking in the media. There’s been a lot more than that. Obviously, there was some news in the media. But we’re grown men. We’re a professional business. We know how to handle that.”

Zach LaVine landed with the Chicago Bulls in 2017 in a trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since then, LaVine established himself as the face of the franchise and became a two-time All-Star. But his ascent to stardom didn’t include much team success, as the Bulls only made one playoff appearance during his time with the franchise.

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