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NBA insider rejects Jazz' interest in Bulls star

The Utah Jazz may not have much interest in Zach LaVine.

NBA insider Marc Stein reported that the Jazz's interest should be “denied” and that it would be difficult for the Bulls to find a market for LaVine.

“League sources say Philadelphia continues to have little interest in LaVine, and I have also been advised to ignore Utah's reported interest,” Stein wrote. “Remember, the Bulls struggled to create a market for LaVine when they could have included Caruso in trade constructs. That option obviously no longer exists.”

The Bulls have reportedly been trying to get rid of LaVine for some time. He was a hot topic in transfer talks last offseason and those continued into the 2023-24 season.

He didn't play too often in the 2023-24 season, playing in just 25 games after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in January. He averaged 19.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in his short season.

He has two years left on his current contract and a player option for the 2026-27 season. His salary cap for the 2024-25 season is $43 million.

Utah went 31-51 in 2023-24 and missed the postseason for the second year in a row. LaVine could potentially help the Jazz turn things around, but it doesn't look like the franchise is willing to take on his contract at the moment.

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