“They’re clearly trying to win when they are benching those two young guys,” said a West executive. “Patrick Williams and Zach [LaVine], I’d think, are untouchables. Otherwise, they’re open.”
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The Bulls have wandered in the wilderness for three seasons since the Butler trade. They’re finally starting to emerge. Even before his All-Star selection, LaVine’s ascension this season has placed him, in the perception of three rival executives that NBC Sports Chicago talked to, not actively in the trade market.
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The Knicks need more scoring and LaVine is a sniper — one of the best dunkers in the NBA. He’s averaging 26.8 points and 5.3 assists. SNY reported over the summer LaVine would be on the Knicks’ radar. The biggest edge the Knicks would have over many teams interested is they have $18 million in cap space to absorb a big contract without giving away much salary. He’s one of many players on the Knicks’ radar, sources contend. Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf could be hesitant to deal LaVine to Thibodeau considering his Bulls’ breakup was ugly.
Both the Knicks and the Nets are among the teams who have been monitoring LaVine’s situation in Chicago. Per SNY sources, both teams have done background work on LaVine to be prepared for the possibility that Chicago ends up listening to trade offers on the 25-year-old guard. LaVine averaged 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals last season for the Bulls. He hit 38 percent of his 3-point attempts and 49.7 percent of his two-point attempts.
Two things: Nobody is, or should be, untouchable on this roster. And at least for now, word around the league is that the Bulls aren’t looking to move LaVine. Why would they? As you say, he’s playing on an All-Star level and on a value contract.
KC Johnson: Zach LaVine: “As long as I’m on this team, I’m going to try to be a leader and show what my value is. If something happens, it happens. I got traded here from Minnesota. I understand the business. I’ve been all in since the first day I’ve been here. I really like Chicago.”
Kyle Neubeck: With some LaVine rumors already out there today, quick note — Bulls GM Marc Eversley was a big advocate in the Sixers’ draft room for Matisse Thybulle. Scouted him for at least a couple of years. No indication Philly is making him available, but keep your eye on it.
Vincent Goodwill: Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine have been hot names around the league, according to league sources. Philadelphia has been one among many, but the Wizards and Bulls have rebuffed overtures.
The Mavericks are looking all over for a secondary playmaking presence behind Luka Doncic; they’re chasing Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie, and Chicago’s Zach LaVine.
“I hate to say this, but I would [make a trade]. First off, to be able to get any of those talents, when you have the opportunity to, you have to,” Garnett told The Daily News on Tuesday while promoting responsible drinking with Crown Royal. “LeVert is a really, really good up-and-coming player. He has value. You can leverage that and get you a Zach LaVine who can score with the best of em… Bradley Beal the same. Those pieces there are intricate to the availability — I don’t know how long Bradley Beal is going to be there to be available for Brooklyn.”
We bring that up because those players are more likely to be traded than a player like Mitchell or Booker. And it’s worth noting that both the Knicks and the Nets are among the teams who have been monitoring LaVine’s situation in Chicago. Per SNY sources, both teams have done background work on LaVine to be prepared for the possibility that Chicago ends up listening to trade offers on the 25-year-old guard. LaVine averaged 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals last season for the Bulls. He hit 38 percent of his 3-point attempts and 49.7 percent of his two-point attempts.
LaVine averaged 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals last season for the Bulls. He hit 38 percent of his 3-point attempts and 49.7 percent of his two-point attempts. It’s fair to say that the Bulls, who have a new team president in Arturas Karsinovas, have yet to find a long-term solution on the coaching sidelines nor have they been successful in surrounding LaVine with talent in recent years. If that instability continues, would LaVine look to leave Chicago when he hits free agency? If so, the Bulls would probably be open to trading him instead of losing him for nothing. This is what teams like the Knicks and Nets are keeping an eye on with LaVine and the Bulls. Beal and the Wizards, to a certain extent, fit the same profile. With regard to New York and Brooklyn, both teams have the assets to swing a trade for a young, talented player like LaVine.
All that went into Jones’ decision to forego any trades of Oubre or his teammates. Though they’ve been hesitant to consider rebooting the rebuild, the Bulls also could consider trading cornerstone pieces like Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen. The internal belief in LaVine remains high.
Any idea on what sort of packages the front office received for Zach LaVine before deeming him seemingly untouchable. – Josh J. From what I’ve been able to gather, any calls on LaVine were exploratory in nature, as in, ‘what would it take to get him?’ kind of stuff. I don’t think the Bulls fielded any specific proposals, though I don’t know that for sure.
Lowe then responded with a string of insights that should be affirming for Bulls fans anxious to see LaVine flourish in Chicago: “I know teams have called the Bulls about Zach LaVine — recently. Good teams. The Bulls typically throw the phone out the window when people call about Zach LaVine, just don’t even bother. I assume that is still their stance, in part because Wendell Carter Jr. is injured, Markkanen’s injured, Porter’s injured. You traded Jimmy Butler in a defining pivot of your franchise, what, three years ago now? If you trade Zach LaVine for picks, that’s a hard sell for your fans, especially after you’ve now promoted Zach LaVine’s All-Star candidacy.”
I’m not giving up on Markkanen at all, and no, they are not considering trading LaVine. They’ve been doing all they can to promote him for the All-Star team, and if you ever are near Boylen on the bench late in games, you’ll get a sense of the game plan. Get the ball to Zach! He’s a keeper. The Bulls need others to become that.
In September, LaVine paid $3.25 million for the mansion, which sits on a double lot on a cul-de-sac. It’s not clear why LaVine wants to sell the mansion so soon after buying it.
Dunn was there to be had at the deadline, sources say. LaVine was not, but Chicago probably would have listened had someone overwhelmed them — which no one was going to do.
Darren Wolfson: Former #Twolves guard Zach LaVine is said to be pumped about this trade. He can be a lead guy in Chi. Currently on vacation in the Bahamas.
The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired forward Jimmy Butler and the draft rights to center Justin Patton, the No. 16 selection in this year’s draft from the Chicago Bulls, in exchange for guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn and the draft rights to forward Lauri Markkanen, the No. 7 selection in this year’s draft.
Darren Wolfson: FWIW: LaVine has been informed of the trade. Was prepped that something was possible. #Twolves
Adrian Wojnarowski: Chicago is finalizing a deal to send Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7 pick, league source says.
KC Johnson: The Bulls are getting Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the 7th pick, per sources. Bulls keep 16th pick.
Darren Wolfson: Locked in at Mayo Square. Told by a league contact that the Pacers asked for LaVine (and more) for George. My opinion: easy no for #Twolves.
Sean Highkin: Woj on @TheVertical broadcast: Bulls “seriously engaged” with Timberwolves on Jimmy Butler talks. LaVine, Dunn, picks involved.
The Timberwolves explored several trade options in June, including for Chicago star Jimmy Butler, but Thibodeau, also Minnesota’s president of basketball operations, now sounds as committed as anyone in the franchise to his young trio. Outside the organization, executives wonder about Minnesota’s inclination to keep all three. But within the franchise, there is no question: management and owner Glen Taylor will do whatever it takes financially in order to win. “I love our core three guys, and what I love most is their work ethic, their dedication to work,” Thibodeau said. “They understand the level we need to reach, particularly defensively, and their work shows that they will work to get it right. We understand that it’s going to take some time and we need to work at it each and every day.”
It is unclear whether the Miami Heat have the assets to swing a deal for one of Minnesota’s three young studs, and it’s surprising that the Timberwolves are reportedly willing to move any of them so early in the season. In any case, whether the T’wolves decide to keep the trio intact or the Heat refuse to put together an adequate trade proposal, it remains unlikely that Towns, Wiggins or LaVine will be taking their talents to South Beach.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Chicago and Minnesota talks for Jimmy Butler broke down. Bulls wanted Zach LaVine, not Ricky Rubio. Chicago wanted Zach LaVine and the No. 5 pick, Kris Dunn, sources tell The Vertical.
Darren Wolfson: @carter_boom the Wolves LOVE LaVine. Stop wasting your time thinking they’re moving him.
Justin Pinotti: You mentioned no Zach LaVine for Tobias Harris. Think Wolves would have interest in him for something else? Good PF fit potentially IMO. – Darren Wolfson: Told Tobias Harris isn’t that available. You’d have to blow them away. #Twolves aren’t moving Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine.
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April 12, 2021 | 5:55 pm EDT Update
Mirjam Swanson: Clippers will be without Kawhi tomorrow in Indy, he’s OUT with a sore right foot. Serge (back) and Pat Bev (hand) also are out, of course. Everyone else is available.
The scene was quite familiar to fans who have watched the Bucks’ starters celebrate their teammates’ success at the end of blowout victories in the last two seasons with one notable exception: Antetokounmpo was not wearing a jersey. Instead, Antetokounmpo was wearing a black Bucks hooded sweatshirt and a pair of black joggers as he watched from the sidelines as he missed his fifth consecutive game because of left knee soreness.
“We were talking about it before the game,” Middleton said after putting up 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Sunday’s win. “He said he hasn’t missed this many games in a row in his career. He’s itching to get back out, so hopefully he’ll be back out there soon.”
Following shootaround before the Pacers game, The Athletic asked Connaughton about Antetokounmpo’s impressive ability to stay healthy throughout his career and why he has always been able to return to the floor quickly after an injury. “Work ethic,” Connaughton said. “I feel like the misnomer is when you get injured, you need rest, like your body will heal itself and what I’ve seen since I’ve been in the NBA is that is actually the opposite.”
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