In a tweet liked by Zach LaVine, you can see the fifth-year guard chat to Anthony Davis after the game and walk away as the Pelicans' Jrue Holiday approaches, only to finish his talk with "The Brow" afterwards.
Obviously, this is not the first time a line has been connected between Davis and the Bulls. Being a Chicago-native who literally has Chicago tattooed on his arm, there has always been the thought that if Chicago was ever able to possess cap space and a talented core at the time, Davis would at least consider the Bulls.
Now, with Wendell Carter Jr.—at 19 years old is seeming like a revelation—who is on pace to be the first teenager to ever average 2 blocks per game in the NBA, Lauri Markkanen, (the now-injured) Kris Dunn and LaVine all having shown enough to make up a solid core, the idea of Davis coming home isn't improbable.
The Bulls can decline the option on Jabari Parker and renounce the rights to Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio and end up with between $35 to $53 million in cap space. Dunn, Markkanen and Carter can all be resigned to reasonable contracts down the line and LaVine is under contract for the next four seasons.
If the Bulls acquire Davis, it would be in 2021, which is when Davis can decline his player option and enter the free agent market. By then the Bulls would likely have the long-term starter at the small forward position figured out by then, if they haven't already decided that Chandler Hutchison will be that player. But just to be a bit more conceivable, imagine a lineup of Dunn-LaVine-Markkanen-Davis-Carter.
That lineup would be bucking the league's current trend of downsizing, instead banking on the off-the-dribble ability of Markkanen and the tremendous shot-blocking duo of Carter and Davis to stymie the league's best lineups.
Right now Davis' Pelicans are 5-6 heading into Sunday night's game against the Phoenix Suns. The losses of Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins didn't affect the prolific offense of New Orleans, but the defense has dropped off dramatically. The Pelicans have an uphill battle to make the playoffs in the improved Western Conference, and if Davis gets antsy about having a real shot to make the NBA Finals, a move to the East becomes all the more attractive.
A Bulls fan can dream right?