The Bulls are listening offers for Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.com. It doesn’t come as a surprise as the Bulls franchise has gone downward. The once-champion Bulls have lost 14 of their last 16 games, and they have fallen to 13th in the West – forcing a change of scenery. In fact, reports say that the Bulls are open to trading everyone except Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.
It won’t be easy to obtain LaVine or Kriss Dunn from the Bulls, as they have both played well. LaVine is averaging a career-high 22.9 points per game while Kriss Dunn is putting up 12.2 points and 6.3 assists. However, the pair hasn’t combined to create a dynamic offense as the Bulls have 4th-fewest assists and 8th-most turnovers in the league – forcing the team to reconsider their assets.
The Bulls are in a rebuilding phase, especially after parting ways with Jimmy Butler in 2017. Before the 2018-2019 started, a surveyed shows that the Bulls have the 3rd youngest team in the NBA with an average age of 24.9 years old. By trading over LaVine and Dunn, which are debris from their recent breakup with Butler, the team can truly start over and begin the rebuilding process. A path they have strived for since the exit of Butler – which explains their back to back dismal seasons.
Their best hope is to start looking toward a high draft pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Currently, the Bulls have the 4th worst record in the league which would probably translate to the 4th pick. Right now, their best assets (not including LaVine and Dunn) are young players Lauri Markkanen or Wendell Carter Jr. They are the team’s latest first-round draft picks, and the Bulls would like to rebuild the pair. In addition, the Bulls could get a solid piece(s) for LaVine and Dunn, as the two have played to their full potential. In return, the Bulls could haggle with teams for a good player in return – especially after LaVine averaged 22.9 points per game.
It is important to remember that Zach LaVine is on a 4-year $78 million contract, which teams will have to ponder when they consider picking him up. Kris Dunn, on the other hand, was already facing pressure when the Bulls began shopping for a veteran point guard who would possibly cut into his playing time.
The Bulls would have to consider all aspects of a trade if any offers are made. They would need to make sure that their decision will help benefit their rebuilding process, or just stretch it out even more. Either way, with LaVine and Dunn, they got some assets to work with.