Report: Bulls’ Zach LaVine ‘off limits’ in trade talks

Jan 11, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) handles the ball defended by Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls could be one of the more active teams leading up to the NBA trade deadline this week, but there’s at least one name that won’t be moved. Multiple teams have called about a trade for Zach LaVine and were informed he is off limits, per The New York Times’ Marc Stein.

The 24-year-old guard has carried the Bulls for much of the season. LaVine is averaging 24.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game this season and enjoying a career year. Meanwhile, Chicago sits just four games back of the No. 8 seed of the Eastern Conference thanks to his stellar play.

Chicago is also dealing with key injuries to many of its young starters. Lauri Markkanen will miss the next month with a pelvis injury. The Bulls are also without Wendell Carter Jr. as he continues to recover from an ankle sprain.

The Bulls will hang onto their young stars for the foreseeable future, but the front office could explore moving several other plays. The organization is reportedly open to moving Denzel Valentine and Thaddeus Young could also be moved before the trade deadline.