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Report: Bulls will listen to trade offers on anyone other than Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.

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Report: Bulls will listen to trade offers on anyone other than Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.

With the February 7 NBA trade deadline fast approaching, essentially all 30 teams in the league are looking for ways to improve their team for the stretch run, and for much further out as well. The Bulls have been active on the market, acquiring Wayne Selden, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, while collecting a decent amount of cash considerations. But with veteran center Robin Lopez still hoping to play for a winning team and Jabari Parker simply hoping to play (more), it is unlikely the Bulls are done on the trade market just yet.

And according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, there could--and a very, very big could--be much bigger trade discussions on the way.

In a report filed by Lowe on Friday he states the Bulls first and obvious goal of selling their veterans. But then, Lowe added this bombshell (“LoweBomb”?):

The Bulls will listen on offers for anyone other than Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., sources say -- and that includes Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine.


Lowe did however go on to state that the Bulls--who historically has valued their young players very highly--would likely ask for “a ton” in any deals for LaVine or Dunn.

There is no reason for the Bulls to move on from either player at this time.

LaVine--one of 13 players in the league to average 22 PPG, 4 RPG, 4 APG--likely would’ve been the All-Star replacement for the injured Victor Oladipo had the Bulls had anything near a winning record. On top of that, he is in the first year of his fresh 4-year, $78 million contract that isn’t anywhere near a “bad contract” at this stage of LaVine’s development.

Dunn’s place on the team is a little bit more up in the air long-term due to his inconsistent play and lack of significant progress on his 3-point jumper. But that being said, Dunn is still in just his second season with the Chicago after last year’s abbreviated season. And though he isn’t locked up long-term, Dunn is still on a rookie deal that gives the Bulls tons of flexibility if they want to re-sign him down the road.

Following the massive Kristaps Porzingis-Dennis Smith trade that featured seven total players getting dealt, there is now a new standard for trades that feature rebuilding franchises swapping young talent.

The Mavericks showed that the path to acquiring high-ceiling youngsters is taking back big contracts, and the Bulls would have room to do just that if they were able to first move the salaries of Lopez and Parker.

Even if trade talks involving the likes of LaVine, Dunn and others don’t go anywhere, it is encouraging to hear that the franchise (reportedly) is exploring all manners of improving this roster as they finish up Year 2 of what has been a tough rebuilding progress so far.

Our first look at the full NBA 2K20 roster models for the 2019-20 Bulls

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Our first look at the full NBA 2K20 roster models for the 2019-20 Bulls

The release date of NBA 2K20 is near and as the September 6 release date gets closer, Bulls fans are finally getting a look at the full roster in video game form. 

Among the things that stand out in the video from Sports & Gaming Journalist Brian Mazique, the things that stood out the most was the new Zenni patch on the Bulls uniforms, which now has a light blue background to make the patch stand out a bit more. 

We had already seen how 2019 rookies Coby White and Daniel Gafford look but Thursday represented our first look at players like new Bulls Thaddeus Young, Tomas Satoransky and the longest-tenured Bull, Brazilian big man Cristiano Felicio.

Young currently sports a short-haircut after having more an afro in the 2019 season, so only time will tell if 2K will update his look before the season kicks off on October 22. 

Also fully visible in the video are the overall 2K ratings of all players on the team including Satoransky (75), Young (79), Wendell Carter Jr. (78), Otto Porter (80), Lauri Markkanen (83) and Zach LaVine (85).

Based off of what we see in the video, NBA fans can expect to see the Bulls simulate pretty well in NBA 2K20 as the roster's veteran talent will provide some balance as the young core develops, much like what the Bulls front office is hoping for in real life. 

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Lauri Markkanen makes the top 35 NBCsport's 50 best players in 5 years

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Lauri Markkanen makes the top 35 NBCsport's 50 best players in 5 years

Over the summer the NBA team over at NBC Sports undertook a fun project in which they ranked the top 50 talents in the NBA in 2024. 

NBCSports.com's 50 best players in 5 years list is an interesting snapshot into the future of the league. Writers included Dan FeldmanTom HaberstrohRob DausterTommy BeerSteve Alexander, and Kurt Helin

While it is was fun to see where aging versions of Steph Curry (36 in 2024) and Klay Thomspon (34 in 2024) rank, the most interesting names on the list were the young talents who are projected to stars in the near future. Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen made the top 35, coming in at No. 34 on the list.

In the 2024 season, Markkanen will be 27 years old and theoretically, smack dab in the middle of his prime.

Coming into the 2019-20 season, 'The Finnisher' is on quite a roll. In his age-21 season, he averaged 20.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per 36 minutes and posted a career-best 55.3 true shooting percentage. 

The Bulls will need to Markkanen to step up his effort in terms of defense and rebounding, with the absence of Robin Lopez putting more stress on the frontcourt to pick up the slack in that department. Kurt Hellin acknowledged that if he can focus on consistency and commitment to D, the sky is truly the limit for Markkanen. 

The question is, can he [Markkanen] reach that ceiling consistently? He’s only 22, but he has yet to come anywhere near that.....If Markkanen can become a more consistent offensive force and better on the defensive end — he’s not a bad defender, he’s okay, but with his length and athleticism he should be a better rim protector — he can take over the role as the alpha on the Bulls

See the rest of NBCSports.com's 50 best players in 5 years list below:

Players 50-46

Players 45-41

Players 40-36

Players 35-31