NBA Rumors: Lakers Favor DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso Over Zach LaVine

‣ The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly more interested in trading for Chicago Bulls guards DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso than Zach LaVine, according to NBA rumors.
‣ DeRozan and Caruso are considered higher on the Lakers’ priority list due to their more manageable contracts and the specific skills they could bring to the team.
‣ Despite interest in all three players, Zach LaVine’s future trade this season may not be with the Lakers.

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The NBA rumor mill is buzzing. The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly more keen on trading for Chicago Bulls guards DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso than Zach LaVine.

Jovan Buha of The Athletic spilled the beans during a guest stint on “Hoops Tonight.” He said LA is setting their sights on DeRozan and Caruso, not LaVine.

“I’ve heard they’re more interested in DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso. A.C., he’s the one that got away,” Buha revealed. Lakers fans are still salty about it. Inside the organization? It’s a hot topic. DeMar? The Lakers have been wooing him for years.

According to various NBA betting sites, the Lakers have the seventh-shortest odds to snag the 2024 championship. The Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers are all ahead.

LaVine, who’s 28, has $129 million due over the next three seasons. The two-time All-Star will pocket $40.06 million this season and $43.03 million in 2024-25. He’s also got a 2026-27 player option worth a cool $48.9 million.

On the other hand, DeRozan is raking in $28.6 million this season. The three-time All-NBA member is in the final season of his three-year, $81.9 million contract, signed with the San Antonio Spurs as part of a sign-and-trade deal with Chicago. Caruso? He’s making $9.46 million this season and is set to earn $9.89 million in 2024-25.

“Both of those guys are on more manageable contracts,” Buha added. “Alex has a partial guarantee for next season. DeMar is an expiring contract. DeMar comes in, he’s that over-the-top shotmaker that the team seemingly doesn’t really have outside of when LeBron’s jumper is falling.

“And then Alex Caruso, one of the best point-of-attack defenders in the league, one of the best perimeter [shooters] in the league, period. We’ve seen the success he’s had next to LeBron and AD in a Lakers jersey.

“So I think both of those guys make more sense within what the Lakers need. There’s real interest in all three guys, but from what I’ve heard DeMar and Alex are higher on their priority list.”

LaVine has had 18 starts this season, averaging 21 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 35.3 minutes per game. He’s shooting 44.3% from the field, a career-low 33.6% outside the arc, and 86.6% at the foul line.

In the Bulls’ 124-97 defeat to the Boston Celtics, he only managed two points on 1-of-9 (11.1%) shooting from the field. He missed three 3-point attempts in 25 minutes of play. LaVine left with a sore right foot and didn’t come back.

The Bulls are likely to trade LaVine this season. But will his new team be the Lakers? That remains to be seen.

James Shotwell
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