Report: Bulls’ Zach LaVine ‘off limits’ in trade talks
Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine’s name has come up in trade rumors recently. With the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly listening to offers for small forward Kyle Kuzma, some around the league believe a trade sending LaVine to the Lakers and Kuzma to the Bulls would benefit both sides ahead of the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline
However, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Bulls are not considering trading LaVine:
The Bulls have naturally received trade feelers for Zach LaVine but "off limits" was the description used by one source briefed on Chicago's thinking
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 4, 2020
In 52 games this season for the Bulls, LaVine is averaging 24.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He’s shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.8 percent from the free-throw line.
LaVine is sick of losing and the fact that he has never been to the playoffs adds more to the frustration. The Bulls are 19-33 on the season and in ninth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings, just 3.5 games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
Zach LaVine is making $19,500,000 this season. He signed a four-year, $78 million offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings in 2018, which the Bulls quickly matched. They clearly view him as a franchise cornerstone, even as the first three years of their post-Jimmy Butler rebuild haven’t gone as planned.