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LaVine’s Trade Restriction, DeRozan Upgraded, Dalen Terry’s Big Game, and Other Bulls Bullets

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If these bullets are relatively short and sweet, blame several old fashioneds, a couple of gin and tonics, and a late night of dancing at one of the most extravagant engagement parties you can imagine.

My lovely significant other and I had a fantastic time celebrating our two friends. And I had just as fantastic of a time when my head hit the pillow. It was an extremely deep sleep that reached its peak when I dreamt of Zach LaVine dropping 49 points with 40 rebounds in the first half of a game against Milwaukee.

What a great night!

  • Speaking of LaVine, today officially marks the day he becomes tradable. He was one of the few players around the NBA who still had a trade restriction due to the max deal he signed earlier this summer. Does this really mean anything? Eh, I wouldn’t say so. For as many pleas as there have been for the Bulls’ to blow it up, they have yet to give us any real indication that they will do so. And, even if they did pick this path, it seems relatively apparent that LaVine would remain a part of any roster shake-up.
  • Still, it’s not nothing that LaVine trades can now be discussed in earnest. As much as I don’t expect the Bulls to do anything about it, we also have to think about things from LaVine’s perspective. Let’s not forget that numerous reports have signaled a level of disconnect between him and the organization. While (again) the chances of this leading to a trade demand are slim, we can never rule it out when Klutch is in the picture.
  • Anyway, Bobby Marks tossed out some other names who can now find new homes …

  • LaVine remains in line to play through his current hand injury this afternoon against Golden State. Can he look more like himself after an ugly 5-19 shooting performance from the field? If not, can he at least get to the free-throw line at the same rate?

  • Meanwhile, according to the latest official injury report, DeMar DeRozan has been upgraded to “questionable.” He previously entered the weekend as “doubtful” due to his right quad strain. All things considered, there is no question the Bulls need his veteran leadership back on the floor after two-straight losses to the Wizards and Thunder. Let’s hope his possible return โ€“ combined with the fact that Chicago is actually playing a good team โ€“ can lead to a much better performance this afternoon.
  • DeRozan hit up the Windy City matchup to see rookie Dalen Terry go off!

  • Indeed, after posting 17 points in the first half, Terry went on to finish the night with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks. I know I say it every single time his name is brought up, but I’d really love to see Terry get a chance. Especially with Javonte Green stuck on the sideline for the next several weeks, tapping into Terry’s well-rounded skill set and endless hustle feels like it’s worth a shot. Also, just look at that face!

  • Josh Giddey’s got jokes after carving up the Bulls.

  • You can say that again … and then about 80 more times.

  • I couldn’t agree more!

  • You have my attention!


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Author: Elias Schuster

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