Hope the Chicago Bulls find a way to turn their season around
The Chicago Bulls are a prime "blow it up" candidate. That's bad news for San Antonio, they've got a top-ten protected pick coming from Chicago next season. Even if the Bulls can keep this group together into next season that still might not be enough to save the Spurs hopes for this pick.
The Bulls have been an abject disaster this season. They've lost seven of their last eight games and face a brutal upcoming schedule that could extend their slide until mid-December. DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Vucevic are the core that this team was built to win around. That core could collapse if Chicago doesn't find a way to turn things around.
After growing into one of the most dangerous shooting guards in the league during his time in Chicago, even Zach LaVine is reportedly ready to take the next step in his career. If LaVine goes, it's hard to see why Bulls executive vice president Arturas Karnisovas would want to retool around DeRozan and Vucevic. Both are in their mid-thirties and DeRozan is approaching free agency this summer, if LaVine goes I'd expect them to be on the move shortly thereafter.
They're on their way there already but trading away LaVine and other veterans would kickstart the race to the bottom of the standings for Chicago. If they embrace a full-on rebuild they could very reasonably be picking in the top ten for the next few years. If they are, that future first-round pick the Spurs are owed could eventually decay into a second-rounder.
So cheer for Chicago, hope that they pursue the play-in rather than a rebuild, and believe that they'll find a reason to make a few adjustments and keep this experiment going just a year or two more.