NBA Trade Rumors: The Chicago Bulls don’t intend on blowing up the roster just yet.
The Chicago Bulls have gotten off to a 2-3 start to the season and while they have had some bright moments early on, this team doesn’t feel much different from the last two seasons. And if that trend continues, it’s expected that the Bulls will either miss the playoffs or bow out as a late seed in the first round of the playoffs.
With so much uncertainty ahead, there has been some recent speculation that if the Bulls aren’t able to take a tangible step forward this season, they could make some big changes either by the NBA Trade Deadline or during the offseason.
However, at least for now, while speculation continues to run rampant, the front office isn’t at a place where they’re ready to throw in the towel on this core.
In fact, the recent rumblings are that the Bulls don’t intend on trading Zach LaVine anytime soon. And that’s probably the stance the Bulls should have right now. We’re only five games into the regular season and there’s still time for the Bulls to find their footing. If a couple of more months pass and the Bulls are still struggling to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference standings, perhaps there’s another conversation to have regarding LaVine.
Why the Chicago Bulls could make a big move at the NBA Trade Deadline
Even though recent reports suggest that the Bulls aren’t going to trade LaVine anytime soon, there’s no guarantee there won’t be another move made by the team. It’s not a foregone conclusion that the Bulls are going to make the playoffs and if they’re not in the playoff picture by the time the NBA Trade Deadline rolls around, it won’t be surprising if they at least explore the trade market on an expiring player such as DeMar DeRozan.
Chicago is in an almost impossible spot where they probably need a retooling but at the same time don’t have a natural path toward one. If they do end up reaching the conclusion that this core has run its core, they will have to move one of their core players – and that could include LaVine.
That said, I don’t necessarily believe this report is inaccurate. Do I believe the Bulls plan on trading LaVine now? No. However, that doesn’t mean things can’t change in the weeks and months leading up to the NBA Trade Deadline.