As the Chicago Bulls contemplate potential changes to their roster this summer, one possible move could involve trading All-Star guard, Zach LaVine. Such a deal would see the Bulls part ways with the veteran and end their current Big Three of DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. The trio has been together since 2021, however, it may have already run its course.
If the Bulls do decide to trade LaVine, they could potentially look to strike a deal with the Utah Jazz. Jared Koch of Inside the Jazz, Sports Illustrated’s Utah Jazz page, recently reported on this possibility. According to Koch, the Bulls could use their former player, Lauri Markkanen, as a link to the Jazz. The All-Star forward played with LaVine in Chicago from 2017 to 2021, which could make Utah’s interest in a trade even greater.
The Jazz currently boast a powerful core that includes Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and Bojan Bogdanovic, and LaVine could be the missing piece for them to take the next step. With his ability to create his own shot both off the dribble and from beyond the arc, LaVine could provide an efficient scoring punch in Utah’s offense. The Bulls could also capitalize on the situation by collecting assets for the future if they decide to shift to a rebuild, as the Jazz would likely be willing to part with some young prospects in exchange for the guard.
It remains to be seen if the Bulls will decide to move on from LaVine, but the Jazz could be ready to make a move if and when Chicago does decide to move their All-Star guard. In order to maximize the return on their investment, the Bulls should strongly consider discussing a deal with Utah before pulling the trigger.