After failing to eclipse 27 wins for three consecutive seasons, the Chicago Bulls are currently 14-16 and very much in the picture of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference as the midpoint of the season rapidly approaches. This young Bulls team definitely has the potential to make the NBA playoffs this year, but there are many questions surrounding Zach LaVine’s future with this organization.
He’s been their best player for years and he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves, having just been named an All-Star for the first time in his career. LaVine is currently averaging 28.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and is shooting 43.4% from three-point range, making him a top business target for numerous teams in the league.
The frequency of NBA trade rumors involving Zach LaVine has been circulating since last offseason and while the Bulls have shot down all the rumors, they have definitely gotten a taste of what they might get out of trading him. If LaVine moves in before the trade deadline, it could be the biggest trade made this season outside of James Harden’s deal with Brooklyn.
Right now, Zach LaVine is Top-10 in the league in scoring and ranks first among all shooting guards in the league in field goal percentage. From a standout in dunk contest to rising star in the NBA, LaVine has the ability to be that All-Star talent the Bulls have been missing for years, but he could end up in Denver for the right price.
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After reaching the Western Conference Finals last season, the departure of Jerami Grant and Miles Plumlee has really affected this Denver team. They don’t look like the same team from a season ago, and if they want any chance to make a deep playoff run again in a packed Western Conference, they’ll need a superstar talent like LaVine.
With that said, let’s take a look at a blockbuster deal from Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes that would send All-Star Zach LaVine to Denver to pair him with rising star Jamal Murray and MVP favorite Nikola Jokic.