The Miami Heat are doing exactly what people expected, as they’re punching above their weight again this season. Their offseason was rough, losing Gabe Vincent and Max Strus while failing to land Damian Lillard or Jrue Holiday in the trade market. They may be 7-14 but they need an infusion of major talent to help Miami contend amongst the best in the East.
The Chicago Bulls are destined to be blown up this season, with teams around the NBA monitoring the situation with Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic. The Bulls are struggling to move these players due to their contracts, with Lavine and Vucevic’s long-term contracts considered a poor deal and DeMar under contract till the end of the season, the Bulls will have to get creative in maximizing trade value for them. We may have a way to get that done.
Chicago Bulls Receive: Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Kyle Lowry, Nikola Jovic, 2028 First-Round Pick (MIA), 2029 First-Round Pick Swap (MIA)
Miami Heat Receive: Zach Lavine, DeMar DeRozan
LaVine is not going to have teams lining up for him, with interested teams likely looking to make him a second or third option on offense. The same applies to DeRozan, but he also can’t space the floor like LaVine. Despite that, the pair could transform the Heat into favorites.
The Bulls are not going to let their stars go easily, but is anyone going to pay multiple picks for each of these players? Highly unlikely, especially for DeMar DeRozan and his reputation as a poor shooter as well as his expiring contract. Getting one pick for the stars would be a positive move, which could become two positive moves by throwing in another pick to try and take the lead in any Zach LaVine offers. Making this a single deal that sends promising young players to Chicago for two stars is the ideal trade.
The Bulls get some really strong pieces to fast-track their rebuild. Tyler Herro looks like one of the best young guards in the NBA when he’s playing and could be the player the Bulls build a short-term rebuild around. He was averaging 22.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.6 assists before getting hurt. Duncan Robinson has found his form back in his shot after two seasons of inconsistent shooting, averaging 14.7 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.6 rebounds points on 44.7% shooting from three, a phenomenal addition for the Bulls.