Bulls linked to Tyrese Maxey in blockbuster draft trade
The Chicago Bulls will be forced to make important decisions this offseason. Zach LaVine’s impending free agency looms over their heads, and while they’d love to improve through trades or free agency, dealing with it is their top priority.
According to recent rumors, LaVine might be tired of playing second fiddle to DeMar DeRozan. And while the Bulls may offer him more money than anyone else in the market, he could choose to leave for a better situation. However, a recent trade suggestion would see the Bulls get an intriguing young player in exchange for their two-time All-Star.
CBS Sports’ Sam Quinn discussed LaVine’s free agency this summer versus the Philadelphia 76ers. He said general manager Daryl Morey is “obsessed with star-chasing” and might be intrigued by LaVine. In turn, Quinn suggested the Sixers could land LaVine “by swinging [Tyrese] Maxey to Chicago in a sign-and-trade.
Maxey is coming off a phenomenal second season, averaging 17.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists on 48.5% shooting from the field and 42.7% shooting from three points. He became Philadelphia’s secondary scoring option, supporting star center Joel Embiid in that regard.
While the Bulls remain confident in their ability to retain LaVine this offseason, Maxey would be an intriguing option. And as Quinn speculated in her post, there could be more to the situation than we know.
LaVine’s situation in Chicago: ‘We just don’t know’
Quin noted that the Bulls are still the heavy favorites to land LaVine this offseason. However, he also mentioned that there might be more to the story than we know. This includes LaVine’s preferred destination, the Bulls’ willingness to pay him, and more.
“There may be more to this story than we know at this time,” Quinn wrote. “LaVine might have only one team at heart. That team could be the Bulls, but just as they were once hesitant to pay Jimmy Butler, they might be afraid to commit to LaVine as well, and if so, he could use these leaks as a way to put pressure on the Bulls to offer him the max. We just don’t know at the moment. LaVine seems to be open-minded. He has made it clear since the end of the season that he plans to be.
Since his exit interview at the end of the season, LaVine has made it clear that he wants a maximum contract. He thinks he’s one of the best players in the NBA and should be paid as such. However, as suggested by Quinn, it’s uncertain whether the Bulls feel the same way or not.
Coming back, if LaVine decides he wants to move on and his goal is to fight for a title, targeting Maxey in a sign and trade could prove to be an interesting move for the Bulls.
Maxey’s potential fit in Chicago
It’s clear that Maxey has the talent to be a star. In just his second season in the league, at age 21, he helped lead the 76ers to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference as they faced injury, drama and uncertainty.
That being said, Maxey would be joining a packed guard room in Chicago. LaVine’s height and athleticism allowed him to play both guard, but at 6’2, Maxey doesn’t possess those same attributes. However, with Lonzo Ball at one, Maxey would likely be forced to play both guards while Ball would cover him defensively. Meanwhile, Alex Caruso and Ayo Dosunmu would fill the team’s backup roles.
Maxey’s fit in Chicago would be far from perfect, but with the star potential Maxey has shown, this could be a tough offer for the Bulls to pass up.