Appreciating LaVine (On and Off the Court), Clippers Still Interested in Dunn? Never Challenge MJ, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Appreciating LaVine (On and Off the Court), Clippers Still Interested in Dunn? Never Challenge MJ, and Other Bulls Bullets

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We recently finished a new 1,000 piece puzzle and – no joke – there is one piece missing.

I’m now convinced there is a sick human being out there who works in the puzzle factory and steals a single piece from ever 10th puzzle that comes down the packaging line. This psychopath probably then goes home and has a creepy closet where he builds a never-ending puzzle on his wall out of different puzzles pieces. We must find this person and put an end to this.

  • Zach LaVine may be stuck at home like the rest of us, but that isn’t stopping him from helping folks across the country. The Bulls guard has already donated 13,000 meals with Feed America in the Seattle area, and he told Bulls dot com’s Sam Smith that he’s got more charitable work on the way: “We’re doing some more things and we’re starting to do things in Chicago as well, for people working in the hospitals, the nurses and doctors and health care professionals who are helping us. I’m finding the best way to go about it. There are so many different people being affected by this that you want to make sure it goes to the right places.” Preach, Zach!
  • While the Bulls have stunk up the entire Chicagoland area this season, I feel like we’ve all gotten a better look at the real LaVine recently. He’s been much more vocal – on and off the court – and once again is proving to be an incredibly likable dude. He may not have reached the All-Star status many have hoped for (yet), but if he ever does, I think it’s safe to say he has the personality to grow his brand (which, remember, can be useful to a Bulls team looking to turn a new leaf and attract some free agents at some point). Indeed, it’s rather telling that he’s been able to handle this whole organizational disaster with some honesty and grace. He doesn’t shy away from expressing his genuine frustration with playing six seasons of playoff-less basketball, and I respect that. At the same time, he (at least publicly) remains optimistic about helping fix this organization: “We have to get this thing right; we really do,” LaVine told Smith. This has been a Zach LaVine appreciation bullet, thank you for reading. 
  • The Athletic’s Jovan Buha isn’t letting the Kris Dunn to the Clippers rumors die, reiterating that smoke is certainly in the air when it comes to LA’s interest, and he can see the fit. To be sure, Dunn never seemed to be on the Clippers radar at the deadline, but reports did surface that they were interested in making a run at him over the offseason. when he becomes a restricted free agent. The fact that the Bulls didn’t aggressively pursue a trade around the deadline could mean they are interested in keeping him around, but if another organization makes a serious run, I wouldn’t be surprised if they let him walk. I do love his newfound defensive upside, but with the Bulls plethora of guards, the fit isn’t crystal clear. Someone with that niche of a skillset is often better-suited for an existing contender. If the Bulls really want a defensive hound, they could look at re-signing Shaquille Harrison on a much lower deal. Not the same, but it’s something.
  • The BIG3 is planning to quarantine players for a basketball tournament, could the NBA do the same thing to finish the season?

  • Probably not. (1) That’s probably way too many teams and players to isolate and (2) that’s kind of unfair to force these guys away from their families for that long during this time. Next idea.
  • MJ gets love from everyone.

  • LOL: You know better than to challenge MJ.

  • If you look closely, you’ll see a young Zach LaVine in his natural habitat.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.