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Bulls Offseason Rumblings: Latest on LaVine, Vucevic, White, and More

Karnisovas and Eversley are reportedly shopping Vucevic, White, and the 18th pick.

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According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, unrestricted free agent Zach LaVine is expected to re-sign with the Chicago Bulls this summer.

It appears negotiations will center around the structure of the final season in the five-year max deal for which LaVine is eligible. Whether or not that last season is fully guaranteed or the two-time All-Star receives a player option remains to be seen.

Additionally, Fischer reports the Bulls are shopping Nikola Vucevic in hopes of supplying LaVine and DeMar DeRozan with a better third fiddle. Utah’s Rudy Gobert has piqued the interest of executive vice president Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley. But the duo doesn’t seem interested in including Patrick Williams in a deal with Vucevic to land the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

However, Karnisovas and Eversley are engaging in discussions involving Coby White and the 18th pick in the upcoming draft with rival teams.

Vasilije Micic could be a potential Chicago Bulls’ target. Oklahoma City currently holds the rights to the 28-year-old Serbian point guard. Micic, who led Turkish club Anadolu Efes to the 2020-21 EuroLeague title and won the EuroLeague MVP, has also drawn interest from several other playoff teams.

Fischer’s intel on Zach LaVine comes exactly three weeks to the day following his report that the star guard could look to sign elsewhere due to a desire to be a team’s premier option.

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