NBA Trades: 5 Players on expiring contracts likely to be moved this season

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#2: DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have gotten off to a sluggish start to the season (9-14), continuing to underachieve and fail to meet expectations, leading to many rumors of general manager Marc Eversley blowing up the team. While Zach LaVine has been the most talked-about Bull on the trade market, DeMar DeRozan is the more likely player to be traded before the Feb. 8th trade deadline. 

DeRozan is 34 years old but still has a lot left in the tank, averaging 21.8 points and 5.0 assists in 35.6 minutes per game. He's one of the game's most outstanding mid-range shooters and a solid playmaker.

Despite his age, he's also one of the more durable and consistent players in the league, which should help command many suitors. And his expiring contract should be a motivator for the Bulls to find a new home for the 6'6" wing before the trade deadline.

In a recent episode of the Hoops Tonight podcast, NBA reporter Jovan Buha claimed the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in acquiring DeRozan. The Athletic’s Sam Amick (paywall) also recently suggested that should the Bulls trade DeRozan, his preferred destination is either Miami or New York.

It would be interesting to see him chase a title alongside LeBron. After all, he is the main reason why DeRozan has never played on the NBA’s biggest stage. 

Although nothing is imminent yet, and the Bulls seemingly believe there’s still time to turn the season around and make a playoff push, DeRozan is certainly a player to keep an eye on as the rumor mill starts to heat up.