Report: Bulls Could Attach Two Second-Round Picks In Zach LaVine Trade

According to NBA reporter Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Bulls could attach two second-round picks in a Zach LaVine trade. 

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The Bulls acquired two second-round picks in the DeMar DeRozan sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs. 

“The Bulls remain active in shopping the two-time All-Star guard, but LaVine’s contract and injury history are not an easy sell,” Cowley wrote. “The hope in making the sign-and-trade for DeRozan is getting two second-round picks back that can now be attached to the LaVine package. But still it’s a long shot and the market has been screaming for over a year that there is not a lot of interest in LaVine.”

LaVine played in only 25 games in 2023-24. He underwent season-ending right foot surgery in February.

A two-time All-Star, LaVine averaged 19.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks in 2023-24 while shooting 45.2% from the field, 34.9% from beyond the arc and 85.4% from the free-throw line.

LaVine signed a five-year, $215 million contract with the Bulls in July 2022.

A UCLA product, LaVine has career averages of 20.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocks with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Bulls. He has a 216-364 record. 

A source told Hoops Wire that LaVine “would like” to get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. LaVine, LeBron James and Anthony Davis have the same agent (Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group). 

However, the Lakers are not expected to pursue a LaVine trade, sources said. LaVine’s trade value is essentially non-existent. He’s coming off surgery and has three years and $138 million left on his contract.

According to Cowley, the relationship between LaVine and the Bulls is “filled with mistrust” and both sides want to part ways. 

“An NBA insider told the Sun-Times on Tuesday that the relationship between LaVine and the team’s top brass is completely shattered and ‘filled with mistrust.’ LaVine and his representation at Klutch Sports feel like they were misled on possible trade destinations, and the Bulls thought LaVine ‘opting’ for season-ending right foot surgery when rehab on the injury was still on the table was a counterpunch thrown below the belt,” Cowley reported

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