‣ Zach LaVine, a two-time All-Star player for the Chicago Bulls, has been rumored to be leaving the team soon due to the Bulls’ poor performance and mutual interest in a trade.
‣ LaVine’s recent foot injury, which will cause him to miss three to four weeks, may be a strategic move by the Bulls to protect him before a potential trade, as it coincides with the first day newly signed free agents are eligible to be traded.
‣ Several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, and Miami Heat, have been rumored to be interested in acquiring LaVine.
The Bulls announce Zach LaVine will miss an additional 3-to-4 weeks with right foot inflammation.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps)
Zach LaVine’s time in Chicago seems to be ticking away. The Chicago Bulls, with a disappointing 8-14 record, aren’t exactly lighting up the league. Rumors of a possible trade involving LaVine and the Bulls have been swirling around.
On Thursday, we got a hint. A hint that a trade might be on the horizon, and soon.
Let’s talk about LaVine’s health for a sec. The guy’s been out for the Bulls’ last three games. A foot injury, they say. And guess what? The Bulls won all three games without him. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.
Wednesday brought more news. LaVine, our two-time All-Star, is benched for another three to four weeks. The culprit? “Right foot inflammation.”
Here’s a tweet from Tim Bontemps: “The Bulls announce Zach LaVine will miss an additional 3-to-4 weeks with right foot inflammation.” The date? December 7, 2023.
Now, let’s be clear. Speculating about a player’s injury? Not cool. Being a pro athlete is brutal on the body. No doubt about it, LaVine’s not at his best right now.
But let’s think about this. It would make sense for the Bulls to play it safe with LaVine. Especially if they’re thinking about trading him before the 2024 NBA Trade Deadline.
If LaVine’s out for three to four weeks, that takes us past December 15th. Why does that matter? Well, that’s the first day that newly signed free agents can be traded again. It gives teams more wiggle room to negotiate a deal for the star guard.
This latest injury update means LaVine won’t be back before that key date. It could mean the Bulls are ready to make a move sooner rather than later. They own their 2024 first-round draft pick. If a full rebuild is on the cards, they’ll want to lose as many games as possible. That means offloading talent ASAP (no need for any unnecessary wins).
So, where might LaVine end up? The Los Angeles Lakers are the main team being whispered about. As long as LeBron James is in the mix, they’re always going to be linked with unhappy star players.
But it’s not just the Lakers. Other teams with the assets and on-court fit to swing a trade include the Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, and Miami Heat.