According to Zach Lowe from ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls could be working towards a deal to send DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic to Los Angeles. Bill Simmons suggested a similar trade idea earlier this week. Typically, when there’s smoke, there’s fire. It seems like the Bulls’ poor start to the season could trigger Arturas Karnisovas to blow the whole team up and start rebuilding with the Lakers’ draft picks.
Should The Bulls Consider Rebuilding
Historically speaking, it never works out well for the desperate team looking to become relevant. The Lakers are in a similar situation to the Brooklyn Nets years ago when they traded away future draft picks for aging stars like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The Bulls could walk away with a potential goldmine by taking two of the Lakers’ future unprotected first-round picks of 2027 and 2029. By then, the Lakers shouldn’t be relevant as LeBron James would have retired by then. With little to no draft picks on the horizon, the Lakers will remain irrelevant in the following years allowing the draft picks given to the Bulls to become more valuable every year.
Potential Trade Between Bulls And Lakers
Sending DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic would require the Bulls to take back Russell Westbrook’s contract. As long as unprotected draft picks are involved, the Bulls would agree to that in a heartbeat. In 2027, Arturas Karnisovas should still be running the Bulls, but in 2027 there’s a strong chance LeBron James would have retired.
Bulls Trade: DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic
Lakers Trade: Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverly, Unprotected 2027 & 2029 Lakers First-Round Picks
It’s never easy committing to tanking. However, this scenario allows the Bulls to keep their pick for 2023 and be in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes.
Gregory Brooks nailed it. More specifically though, Zach Levine leads the Bulls is part time defensive hustle and low basketball IQ. He forces too many shots (bad shots) and decides to shoot (because he thinks it’s his turn) no matter the situation. At least Demar will make a shot when needed. I’d try everything to trade Levine.
Fuck no. DeRozan is a dog and the leader of this team. Westbrook isnt what he was and were not getting back a big man to replace vucevic. I’d trade lonzo pat will and vucevic for AD tho.
The facts are ANTHONY DAVIS does not play well with Lebon
.AD would be [he onlpiece worth getting them some picks decade from now.
What can we get for Zach?
It makes sense because the Bulls not going anywhere with DeRozan and Vucevic. We are not concerned about this year. It gives an opportunity to get a high 4 draft pick and knocks $60 million off the books. This group as it it sits has very little passion to defend, or basketball IQ. I am also disappointed that Donovan was given an extension so fast after having not proven anything. He can’t get veterans (except Caruso and Green) to play defense. He can’t get anybody to pass the ball. He rolled his dice and lost. A trade is necessary to… Read more »