NBA Lakers interested in Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, & Alex Caruso

– The Los Angeles Lakers are pursuing Chicago Bulls players Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Alex Caruso
– The Lakers have only two first-round picks (2027, 2029) that are eligible to be traded for the rest of the decade
– The Lakers are unwilling to include Austin Reaves in a potential LaVine trade deal despite his recent move to the bench

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The Los Angeles Lakers are making moves and pursuing Chicago Bulls players Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Alex Caruso. Jovan Buha of The Athletic confirmed the Lakers’ interest in LaVine “at the right price” and stated that they would also have interest in DeRozan and/or Caruso if they become available. The Lakers hold the sixth-shortest odds to win this season’s 2024 championship, according to multiple NBA betting sites.

Despite his recent move to the bench, the Lakers are unwilling to include Austin Reaves in a potential LaVine trade deal. LaVine is averaging 21.7 points through 12 starts of the 2023-24 season, while DeRozan is averaging 21.2 points through 11 starts. The Lakers are interested in obtaining these players to help boost their current standing with a 6-6 record.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that there’s been “increased openness” from the Bulls and LaVine about exploring trade opportunities with multiple teams looking into the situation. The Lakers have only two first-round picks (2027, 2029) that are eligible to be traded for the rest of the decade, potentially complicating any potential trade deals. There are also speculations on whether the Bulls would be up for trading Caruso if LaVine is dealt, but according to Bulls insider K.C. Johnson, the club is unlikely to trade Caruso.

The Lakers are looking to make some significant changes and trades as they aim to improve their standing in the league. With their eyes set on LaVine, DeRozan, and Caruso, the team is hoping to gain some additional firepower and elevate their performance on the court.”

James Shotwell
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