The Chicago Bulls have a shot at starting fresh in 2024, by trading off whatever talent they have to gain valuable draft picks and prospects with an eye toward future seasons in the Windy City. Status quo certainly wouldn’t excite Bulls fans, especially those who dabble in Illinois sports betting.
On the heels of a 4-7 start that includes a 118-109 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, one of those assets that the Bulls are likely to deal before the trade deadline is 10th-year guard Zach LaVine, who is once again having a solid season in Chicago.
LaVine, 28, out of UCLA, has had his points per game (21.9), field goal percentage (40.9%) and three-point percentage (30.9%) slide this year.
That said, there’s no denying that LaVine could fetch a solid return for the Bulls at the Feb. 8 deadline, which is why many expect him to be dealt.
IllinoisBet.com – your source for Illinois online casinos - broke down the odds on where LaVine will be playing when that date comes and goes, with a host of championship contenders vying for the two-time All-Star’s services.
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The odds are still in Chicago’s favor to keep LaVine after the deadline, partly because the Bulls owe him more than $40 million each year between now and the 2026-27 season. LaVine signed a five-year, $215 million deal in 2022.
Still, outside of the Bulls (who have +400 odds of keeping LaVine after the deadline), other contenders include the L.A. Lakers (+500), Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies (+600 apiece).
The 76ers and Grizzlies are in dire need of a two-guard, with James Harden being dealt by Philly to the L.A. Clippers and Ja Morant still out due to a league-imposed suspension.
Other potential landing spots for LaVine include the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, who round out the list at +900 apiece. The field holds +500 odds.
For now, LaVine and the Bulls are left to try and make things work for the time being. It doesn’t look good for the Bulls’ NBA finals odds, with Chicago staring up at the Indiana Pacers, Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Central Division standings.