The Chicago Bulls have begun the 2023-24 season a dismal 6-14 and are on the precipice of a serious change ahead of the trade deadline.
One of those players could be star wing DeMar DeRozan, who’s in the final year of a three-year, $81.9 million deal he signed ahead of the 2021-22 season. According to NBA insider Sam Amick of The Athletic, one of DeRozan’s “preferred” destinations could be the reigning East champs Heat.
The report suggests that LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, DeRozan’s favorite growing up, could be involved in his services if he were to be moved.
It was reported in early November that Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls could be going their separate ways via trade sooner rather than later, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday that there is currently no market for LaVine roughly two months ahead of the Feb. 8 deadline.
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If the Bulls were to blow it up, there could be a number of players the Heat could target outside of DeRozan or LaVine, such as Alex Caruso, Patrick Williams, Coby White, Jevon Carter and even Nikola Vucevic, who signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Bulls this offseason.
DeRozan, 34, is making $28.6 million this season, meaning the Heat–a tax-paying team–would have to get to 90 percent (or $25.74M) plus 100K of that threshold to salary match.
He is averaging 21.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season, sporting a 54.4 true-shooting percentage with a 47.7 effective field-goal percentage, both marks below average for his career.
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