The Chicago Bulls had a disappointing season, finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 40-42 record, missing the playoffs. As a result, the team may consider making significant changes over the next summer.
One possibility is the potential breakout of the Bulls’ “Big Three,” which consists of Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic. Recently, The Fadeaway’s Lee Tran proposed a trade scenario involving the Los Angeles Lakers, where the Bulls would trade LaVine and young guard Dalen Terry for star big man Anthony Davis.
“Chicago Bulls receive: Anthony Davis”
“Los Angeles Lakers receive: Zach LaVine, Dalen Terry”
“The Chicago Bulls are Anthony Davis’ hometown team, and he would immediately become the No. 1 option on the team. The team could reorganize around him and DeMar DeRozan after moving Zach LaVine.”
“They would have a realistic chance of competing in a weaker Eastern Conference with that duo, especially if they end up making another big move to complement the Anthony Davis trade.”
The Lakers are unlikely to trade Davis this offseason. The eight-time All-Star, who helped the team win a championship three years ago, is one of the best players in the league when he’s healthy.
Davis is averaging 25.9 points, 12.5 rebounds and two blocks per game this season. He teamed with LeBron James to lead the Lakers to the Western Conference Finals, though they were swept 4-0 by the Denver Nuggets.
If a hypothetical trade landed Anthony Davis to Chicago, the combination of Davis and DeMar DeRozan would create an intriguing duo capable of guiding the Bulls back to the playoffs next year.
Notable Chicago natives who have played for the Bulls
Davis was born and raised in Chicago. He grew up in Englewood, the same neighborhood as Derrick Rose, and played high school basketball for Perspectives Charter School.
Over the years, the Chicago Bulls have seen numerous notable players who hail from the city itself. Notable examples include Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Craig Hodges, Eddy Curry, Ayo Dosunmu, and Patrick Beverley. Other Chicago natives who have represented the Bulls include Darrell Walker, Randy Brown, Kendall Gill and Jabari Parker.
It remains to be seen if Anthony Davis will join this roster of local players for the Bulls, as only time will tell if such a trade will come to fruition.