NBA Rumors: Scouts Flocking To Bulls Games Expecting Roster Blow-Up

When ESPN's NBA Insider Brian Windhorst has a scoop, it's usually on the money. He's now telling anyone who'll listen that scouts around the league are "jamming themselves" into Chicago Bulls games on a nightly basis, expecting the Bulls to be blowing things up, and superstars like DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine to be going on the market.  

"In talking to some people around the league, the scouts are jamming themselves into Bulls games because they realize that at some point, the Bulls may break this team up. And they're all gathering intelligence like, 'What's gonna happen with the Bulls?'"

The rumors were flying during the summer of LaVine being on the block, but the Bulls denied it. He still has 4 years and $178M left on his contract. DeRozan, on the other hand, will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. And according to Shams Charania, the team and DeRozan "are far apart" on contract talks. 

The big Bulls experiment with those two (and, unfortunately, the chronically injured Lonzo Ball), has been a flop. The team missed the playoffs last year at 40-42, and are currently 3-6 on the young campaign. 

We heard LaVine's name linked with the Philadelphia 76ers shortly after the James Harden trade, whereby Philly could use some of those Clipper assets they acquired to try to land LaVine and/or another star. 

LaVine, still young at 28, is a two-time All-Star, and is averaging 22.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists. DeRozan, 34, is at 21.4 points and 4.6 assists. 

Another name that could go in a fire sale is center Nikola Vucevic. He's 33 now, and is at 16.3 points and 10.7 rebounds. 

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