The Chicago Bulls have had a rough start, to say the least, to open the 2023-2024 NBA season. They sport a 4-7 record and currently sit at 12th place in the Eastern Conference.
Their early season struggles have paved a way for ongoing media discussions of what is next for the franchise?
They have 3 core guys in Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic; yet that has still not been enough for this Bulls team to make any noise over the years.
The Miami Heat sent this same Bulls squad home in the second Play-In game last season on route to an underdog NBA Finals run. The first domino that has surfaced is the Bulls and LaVine having mutual interest to look for a trade, via Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Shams went on national television yesterday declaring that the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers are all “expected” to consider showing some interest in trading for LaVine.
The Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, and Philadelphia 76ers are expected to consider a trade for Zach LaVine, per @ShamsCharania
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) November 14, 2023
Another notable report from Sean Deveny said that Miami may also be the “first in line” to trade for Chicago role playing guard Alex Caruso if he is made available.
NBA exec says Miami Heat are eyeing Alex Caruso: ‘They need a guard in the worst way’https://t.co/hkyL2su97j
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) November 13, 2023
Caruso is probably a more realistic topic to talk about rather than LaVine and with his grittiness on defense and complimentary play style offensively, he could fit in with the Heat Culture.
He won a championship against the Heat in the 2020 bubble and for a current Heat squad that is light on point guard depth, it could make sense.
Truthfully, Heat fans should take BOTH these rumors/reports with a grain of salt, especially after Miami now seeing some significant success after “running it back” yet again.
DeMar DeRozan also is a potential future name in league wide trade talks. Shams stated that DeRozan wants to see where the team goes before committing to a new contract in Chicago.
With the Bulls being underwhelming for a few seasons now, it will be very interesting to see if they do indeed look to do a fire sale at some point this season.