Report: Lakers More Interested In Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso Than Zach LaVine

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The Los Angeles Lakers are more interested in acquiring DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso from the Chicago Bulls than Zach LaVine, according to Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

LaVine and the Bulls are open to parting ways and the Lakers are one of the teams LaVine would like to land with.

However, it appears Los Angeles has its eyes on DeRozan and Caruso.

Caruso began his career with the Lakers. He helped the team win the 2020 championship over the Miami Heat at the Walt Disney World bubble. Caruso signed with the Bulls in the offseason of 2021 as an unrestricted free agent and members of the Lakers are still upset they didn’t pay enough money to keep the All-NBA defender.

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Meanwhile, DeRozan took part in meetings at LeBron James’ house in the offseason of 2021. He thought he would sign with the Lakers to play with LeBron and Anthony Davis. However, Los Angeles acquired Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards and DeRozan joined the Bulls via a sign-and-trade deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

Caruso is averaging 9.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals this season while shooting 54.5% from the field, 46.4% from beyond the arc and 77.8% from the free-throw line. He’s one of the top defenders in the NBA.

DeRozan, meanwhile, is averaging 21.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 45.0% overall, 36.4% from 3 and 81.0% from the foul line. He’s one of the best mid-range scorers in the league.

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LaVine, who is averaging 21.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 44.3% from the field, 33.6% from beyond the arc and 86.6% from the free-throw line, has the same agent as LeBron and Davis. All three All-Stars are presented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group. It will be fascinating to see who the Lakers trade for.

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