• Zach LaVine is drawing heavy interest from New York teams, a report says
  • The Bulls are unlikely to agree to a trade involving LaVine
  • Only a lucrative offer could possibly sway the Bulls to trade LaVine

Zach LaVine has been having a good season with the Chicago Bulls, putting up All-Star numbers. However, there are questions in the air regarding whether or not the two-time NBA Slam Dunk champion is part of the Bulls' plans for the future.

A point worth considering is that LaVine is set to become a free agent in the summer of 2022. This means that the 13th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft expects a max contract headed his way, something that could force the Bulls to second-think, NBC Sports reported.

Another question to ask is if LaVine is interested in staying on with the Bulls. Part of that may depend on how well the Bulls finish this season. As of this writing, Chicago is in the 10th spot of the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are within striking distance of the top eight teams, but their chances in the postseason are not looking that good.

Hence, it would make sense that some teams are monitoring the situation of LaVine. Two teams that are keeping an eye on him are the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, Ian Begley of reported, citing unnamed sources.

The Knicks have been looking for a veteran guard and LaVine could be a fit. The Nets could also use him, but fitting him in with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden raises questions. The fact that he is another ball-dominant player could become a problem for head coach Steve Nash.

Aside from the Knicks and the Nets, there are other teams likely keeping track. Looking at his production, it hardly comes as a surprise.

In 17 games, LaVine has averaged 27 points, 5.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds in 35.6 minutes of action. He has been shooting a high 59.2% from the field and 39.7% from beyond the arc. With those stats, any team would love to take in someone like the 25-year-old, although the production may dip if there are other stars he needs to co-exist with.

For the Bulls, they are likely to play out the season with LaVine in tow. The only way that he could move is if Chicago gets a lucrative exchange. For the Knicks and Nets, that may be hard to decide on for now.

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Zach LaVine and Trae Young are two of the NBA stars who recently got a player rating boost on "NBA 2K19". Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 05, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Getty Image/Andy Lyons