With the February 7 NBA trade deadline rapid approaching, effectively all 30 teams in the league are on the lookout for techniques to strengthen their group for the stretch run, and for a lot additional out as properly. The Bulls have been lively on the industry, acquiring Wayne Selden, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, although collecting a first rate sum of cash factors. But with veteran middle Robin Lopez still hoping to enjoy for a profitable group and Jabari Parker merely hoping to enjoy (far more), it is unlikely the Bulls are accomplished on the trade industry just yet.
And in accordance to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, there could–and a extremely, extremely major could–be a lot more substantial trade discussions on the way.
In a report submitted by Lowe on Friday he states the Bulls initial and evident intention of marketing their veterans. But then, Lowe included this bombshell (“LoweBomb”?):
The Bulls will hear on features for any individual other than Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., resources say — and that incorporates Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine.
— Kevin Anderson (@Kevin_NBCS) February 2, 2019
Lowe did having said that go on to point out that the Bulls–who traditionally has valued their young gamers extremely very–would most likely question for “a ton” in any discounts for LaVine or Dunn.
There is no purpose for the Bulls to shift on from either player at this time.
LaVine–a single of 13 gamers in the league to typical 22 PPG, 4 RPG, 4 APG–most likely would’ve been the All-Star substitute for the wounded Victor Oladipo had the Bulls had just about anything close to a profitable report. On major of that, he is in the initial calendar year of his fresh 4-calendar year, $78 million deal that is not any place close to a “bad contract” at this phase of LaVine’s enhancement.
Dunn’s area on the group is a tiny bit far more up in the air lengthy-term because of to his inconsistent enjoy and lack of considerable development on his 3-position jumper. But that getting said, Dunn is still in just his second period with the Chicago after past year’s abbreviated period. And however he is not locked up lengthy-term, Dunn is still on a rookie deal that provides the Bulls tons of overall flexibility if they want to re-sign him down the road.
Subsequent the massive Kristaps Porzingis-Dennis Smith trade that showcased seven whole gamers receiving dealt, there is now a new typical for trades that attribute rebuilding franchises swapping young talent.
The Mavericks confirmed that the path to acquiring significant-ceiling children is taking back major contracts, and the Bulls would have room to do just that if they ended up ready to initial shift the salaries of Lopez and Parker.
Even if trade talks involving the likes of LaVine, Dunn and other individuals really don’t go any place, it is encouraging to listen to that the franchise (reportedly) is exploring all manners of increasing this roster as they finish up Yr 2 of what has been a tricky rebuilding development so considerably.