NBA Trade Deadline: Why Didn’t the Bulls Trade DeMar DeRozan?

Published 02/08/2024, 6:48 PM EST

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On the much-anticipated trade deadline day, the Chicago Bulls managed to retain key players DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso, defying expectations of a full teardown. Additionally, the persistent rumors surrounding Zach LaVine‘s potential departure were put to rest as he will continue donning the Bulls jersey.

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DeRozan has been a pivotal figure in the franchise for over two years. He has maintained All-Star caliber performances and has played a crucial role in elevating the team’s overall roster. Shams Charania suggests that the lack of substantial offers in the market reflects the unmatched value that DeRozan brings to the table, making him an irreplaceable asset for the Bulls at the moment.

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Alex Caruso, with a value deemed astronomical by the Bulls, found no takers willing to match the price. Meanwhile, Lavine’s latest decision to opt for a season-ending surgery dashes all hopes of a trade.

With that, the Bulls have decided to forge ahead with their current roster, deeming it the most suitable course of action for the present. However, the dynamics of their lineup may undergo rapid changes in the months to come. Zach LaVine is tied to the Bulls until at least the 2025-26 season with a player option for the following year. Caruso’s contract extends until the conclusion of the next season, providing a little stability in the backcourt.

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However, DeRozan, whose contract expires this offseason, can yet again become a focal point of interest soon. Charania reveals the Bulls’ keenness to retain DeRozan, injecting a dose of suspense into the narrative—will he opt for an extension or venture into the realm of free agency?

What is next in store for the Bulls?

For the third time this year, the Chicago Bulls find themselves unable to stir things up in the trade market. However, internal decisions are afoot to give the roster a facelift. Currently, the Bulls have an available roster spot and are sitting just about $1.7 million below the luxury tax threshold. This puts them in a prime position to potentially acquire a player through the buyout market, reminiscent of their addition of Patrick Beverley last season.

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Presently standing at 24-27 for the season, the Bulls hold the 9th spot in the conference. With a determined squad to secure a playoff berth, they can aim to test their mettle in the most competitive stages, providing the exact challenge they need to overcome next season. And if everything goes south, they can also cross their fingers for a lottery pick.

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