Chicago Bulls’ star guard Zach LaVine’s name is in trade talks once again, this time being closely monitored by the Charlotte Hornets.
Sources confirmed that the Hornets have a high level of interest in trading for LaVine and see him as a primary building block going forward. Other sources confirmed to Legion Hoops that Charlotte plans to engage Chicago on trade discussions at the conclusion of the season.
An unnamed Eastern Conference scout said that LaVine is viewed around the league as a focal point of a well-structured NBA offense.
This is certainly not the first time LaVine’s name has been included in trade talks. Earlier this week both the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks expressed interest in making a play for LaVine this offseason.
Sources told NBA Insider Ian Begley of SNY that both teams have done background checks on LaVine and prepared for the possibility that Chicago ends up listening to offers. Brooklyn views LaVine as a “backup” plan if they fail to land Bradley Beal this offseason.
Vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas has stated in the past that he likes the talent on the roster, however, nobody is untouchable.
LaVine, who recently turned 25, is coming off his best year with the Bulls. He narrowly missed the All-Star team and averaged 25.5 points per game. With shooting splits of 45% from the field and 38% from three, he also established himself as one of the top scorers in the league.
LaVine is under contract until the conclusion of the 2021-22 season when he will become an unrestricted free agent. He will make $19,500,000 over the next two seasons. He is also extension eligible from the 18th of October.
While LaVine has never been one to make demands of the front office, one Bull did tell the Chicago Sun-Times that the growing concern is that no player is really being listened to by the organization.
It seems likely coach Jim Boylen will be retained for another season, and LaVine and Boylen’s relationship has been rocky for the most part since Boylen was hired in December 2019. LaVine has the ability to request a trade, which could be something he considers assuming the Bulls don’t make changes in crucial areas.
Several key members of the Bulls spoke negatively about Boylen to the front office earlier this month. Rookie Daniel Gafford was the latest to voice his opinion on Boylen, telling his viewers on the gaming platform Twitch that he has some things he could get better at as a person, and as a coach.