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


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.

Adam Silver: Michael Jordan ‘clearly the most respected voice’ in NBA meetings

Adam Silver: Michael Jordan ‘clearly the most respected voice’ in NBA meetings

The NBA’s resumption bid in Orlando, Fla. kicking off July 31 will involve 22 teams. All 22 will finish out their respective regular season slates with eight games each, followed by potential play-in series for each conference’s eighth seed, followed by a traditional (or as traditional as is possible) 16-team playoff.

That plan came after months of deliberation between commissioner Adam Silver and a litany of voices across the league. And in those deliberations a number of creative solutions were discussed — from a World Cup-style group stage first round to a 30-team play-in tournament.

The compulsion to face an unprecedented situation with unprecedented ideas is an understandable one. And the resolution of the NBA’s 2019-20 season will be without historical comparison. 

But Silver said in an appearance on Inside the NBA on TNT Thursday night that Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, was one of the swing voices that pushed the league to pursue a traditional postseason format after the 16 playoff teams were established. Jordan’s voice evidently carries a lot of weight in such discussions.

“This was a point made by Michael Jordan — whose team, the Charlotte Hornets are not one of the 22 teams, but he’s clearly the most respected voice in the room when it comes to basketball — he felt it was very important that after we established the 16 teams we not be gimmicky,” Silver said. “Because there were a lot of proposals on the table to do unique tournaments and pool play like you see in international competition. And we took many of those proposals very seriously. 

“Ultimately, I agreed with Michael that there's so much chaos in the world right now, even before the racial unrest we’re experiencing now, let’s come as close to normal as we can. And as close to normal as we can is top eight in the West, top eight in the East playing four rounds of seven games. So that’s what we intend to do and our goal is to crown a champion.”

And so, here we are. Even with many questions still to be answered, the NBA is on a fast track to returning.

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Bulls Talk Podcast: The NBA season is set to return during a trying time

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Bulls Talk Podcast: The NBA season is set to return during a trying time

The NBA season is set to restart and return with 22 teams continuing their seasons for a chance at a playoff spot and a championship. Even though the league has set a schedule the current state of the country is still in flux due to the murder of George Floyd. Host Jason Goff is joined by Rob Schaefer, Tony Gill, Kevin Anderson, and KC Johnson to discuss social justice and police brutality in America, the NBA restarting the season, and what does it mean for the Bulls now that their season is over.

(3:00) - It's been a hard week for America

(16:06) - When sports come back, we must still remember this pain

(35:40) - This situation feels different

(42:06) - Strong concerns over the NBA picking the season back up

(53:38) - How will no fan games impact the players?

(1:05:21) - The Bulls season is officially over, what will happen with Jim Boylen

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