As the NBA trade deadline approaches, reports indicate that the Chicago Bulls’ attempts to explore trade options for star guard Zach LaVine face significant challenges.

NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that, despite the Bulls and LaVine expressing openness to a trade a couple of months ago, there’s currently no market interest in the dynamic guard.

Wojnarowski highlighted two critical factors that need to align for a potential trade to materialize. Firstly, LaVine must demonstrate his health and ability to impact winning, a task complicated by the team’s improved performance in his absence.

With the new salary cap in play, LaVine’s substantial contract, boasting just under $200 million, becomes a significant consideration for potential suitors.

“There’s no market for Zach LaVine right now. There’s not been,” emphasized Wojnarowski, per RealGM. Even if LaVine performs better and showcases his skills as the trade deadline approaches, the prospects for a deal remain uncertain.

The Bulls, while expressing a desire to find a deal for LaVine, may face challenges in receiving fair value, potentially settling for a team willing to take on his hefty contract.

Contrary to rumors, Wojnarowski noted that the Bulls are not inclined towards a full-scale teardown and remain committed to their current competitive stance.

LaVine, sidelined with an injury since late November, has struggled to garner interest amid his team’s improved performance without him on the court.

The star guard, who inked a five-year, $215 million deal in 2022, has been a key figure for the Bulls, averaging 21 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game this season.