The Knicks, Lakers, Mavericks, and Heat are reportedly keeping an eye on Chicago to see if the Bulls will make All-Star guard Zach LaVine available before the trade deadline, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
If the Bulls make Zach LaVine available before the trade deadline, rival NBA executives are keeping an eye on the Knicks, Lakers, Mavericks, and Heat as potential suitors.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 5, 2023
Each team has assets, connections, or an ideal player they’d like LaVine to play with if they can acquire him.
The Knicks have endless draft capital they could trade, LaVine is signed with Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, and LaVine played college ball at UCLA, so joining the Lakers is a possibility. Dallas can only rely on Luka Doncic so much, and pairing him with another All-Star like LaVine could yield fantastic results. According to Scotto, the Mavs don’t want to trade a first-round pick unless they think they’re trading for a championship-caliber player.
However, this is all contingent on Chicago’s willingness to part ways with LaVine. The Bulls (17-21) are in 10th place and squarely in the fight for a play-in tournament spot.
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