Presentation by national insurance agent Jeff Vukovich
Patrick Williams missed practice again Wednesday with right ankle soreness and Torrey Craig just started light jogging with a torn right plantar fascia, but the Chicago Bulls got some good news regarding Ayo Dosunmu.
The homegrown product, who left Monday's game against Cleveland early after re-aggravating a left shoulder injury, underwent imaging tests Tuesday and is feeling “perfectly fine,” according to coach Billy Donovan. Dosunmu practiced before playing against the Raptors in Toronto on Thursday.
The same Raptors traded leading scorer Pascal Siakam to the Bulls' divisional rival, the Indiana Pacers, on Wednesday. This is the same Raptors team that released OG Anunoby to the New York Knicks late last month. The disbandment of the 2018-19 season winning team is almost complete.
Meanwhile, with three weeks and one day left until the Feb. 8 NBA trade deadline, the market for Zach LaVine has not materialized.
“I'm not thinking about (a trade) at all,” LaVine said Monday in Cleveland. “If I don't get a call from my agent, it's just another day in the office for me.” I'm happy to play here. Naturally, I've been involved in trade negotiations for a long time. I think this year was more popular than usual. But as it turns out, it's nothing new. ”
The Bulls remain motivated to find new ground for LaVine, and while LaVine first signaled he was open to it earlier this season, they clearly need at least one partner to make a trade happen. NBC Sports Chicago previously reported that the Bulls are most focused on LaVine's future and would ideally see what their roster would look like after a potential LaVine trade before making any other decisions. It was reported that he was deaf.
However, it will be interesting to see what management does if the Bulls cannot find a market for LaVine and remain middling, currently in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Alex Caruso trade market has always been strong, and DeMar DeRozan's contract expires at the end of this season, so the Bulls have a decision to make.
Both Anunoby and Siakam have been rumored to be in trade talks for years, even before Raptors president Masai Ujiri made any moves this season. The Raptors currently sit in 12th place in the East, three games behind the Bulls.
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