By Tommy Matthews

The Hawks losing to the Bulls in the first play-in game, the Cavaliers again not getting out of the second round, the 76ers, Magic and Heat being ousted in the first round — all those teams might be looking to make major shake-ups to their rosters because of unfulfilled expectations.

And, just like that, the trade market for guard Zach LaVine has a little life.

He’s a lifetime 20.5 PPG, 3.9 APG, 4.1 RPG man with a foot that’s still recovering from surgery.

Position: G
Born: 03/10/95
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight: 181 lbs. / 82.1 kg.
Salary: $40,064,220

The worst-kept secret about executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and his offseason priorities is that LaVine has to be moved.

With three years and $139 million left on his five-year max contract, LaVine has become a boulder, blocking the front office from getting the Bulls out of mediocrity.

Considering the money LaVine is owed and the fact he had season-ending foot surgery in January, it first appeared trading him would be an impossibility this summer. No longer. Desperation around the league might give the Bulls an opportunity.

There’s a good chance the Bulls would have been willing to all but give LaVine away — and possibly attach a future asset — if it meant getting rid of his contract, but there might be an opening to get something back now. Whether it’s a bad contract or someone else’s headache, there’s an opening.

It’s a reminder of just how bad the decision to give LaVine a max contract was for the Bulls.

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