The Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine has seemingly been on the trading block for a couple of seasons, but the trade talk surrounding him has greatly intensified this season, and it looks like perhaps they’re ready to let go of him.
A number of teams have reportedly had interest in the two-time All-Star guard, and with the trade deadline just three days away, one team has received an actual offer from Chicago involving him.
Jake Fischer identified that team as the Houston Rockets, and the Bulls have asked for a package including Jalen Green in return, per NBACentral.
The Chicago Bulls reportedly reached out to Houston to inquire whether they would be interested in a deal for Zach LaVine that would center around Jalen Green, per @JakeLFischer
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) February 5, 2024
LaVine has had a rough season, and he recently suffered a season-ending foot injury that will cost him the rest of this season, which will presumably lower his value on the market or even make him unmovable.
He averaged 19.5 points a game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from 3-point range, numbers that are significantly below his career marks.
At age 28, he should have plenty left in the tank, but there are concerns about his injury history, as well as his defense and overall impact.
Some feel LaVine is a classic “empty calories” player who will score points and provide some highlight plays but not impact his team in a greatly positive manner.
Chicago is 23-27 and in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, but it is stuck in the unenviable position of being mediocre with no real upward potential as presently constituted.
Therefore, trading one or more of their core players, including LaVine, may be necessary for them to become very competitive within the next several years.