Last week, Shams Charania broke the news that the Chicago Bulls and Zach LaVine were becoming increasingly open to a trade. While there are a plethora of teams who will make phone calls to the Bulls about LaVine, we will take a look at three trade destinations.
The Miami Heat
The Miami Heat have failed to acquire a star player over the past two years. The Heat were among the teams interested in Donovan Mitchell, Bradley Beal, and Damian Lillard but struck out on all three players. Pat Riley will again be given the opportunity to acquire an all-star guard. Zach LaVine is a three-level scorer who would fit perfectly next to Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. A potential trade package could involve Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, and a first-round pick. Another trade package could involve Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, Jaime Jaquez, and multiple first-round selections. Either of these offers would acquire the Bulls a young building block and first-round draft pick(s). The Miami Heat would finally receive the star guard they sought.
The Sacramento Kings
Shams Charania has reported that the Kings will be in the mix for Zach Lavine. The Kings seek to add a solid player to their two main pieces: Domantas Sabonis and De’aaron Fox. A potential trade package is Davion Mitchell, Harrison Barnes, and a first-round pick. A dream scenario for the Bulls would be being able to acquire Keegan Murray, who has looked promising over his first two NBA seasons, but the Kings will likely be hesitant to move on from him. Davion Mitchell was the 9th overall pick in the 2021 draft class and would have the ability to get more playing time in Chicago, and the Kings may land the piece that makes them contenders.
The Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are the least likely destination. Why? Because the Lakers are lacking assets, especially if Austin Reaves is off the table, but if the Lakers are willing to trade Reaves, they may become a top destination. Zach LaVine has expressed his desire in the past to play with Lebron James. LA can take the offensive load off Lebron’s shoulders by trading for LaVine. A trade could involve D’Angelo Russell, a matching salary, and 1-2 first-round selections. Another option is Austin Reaves and draft compensation if the Lakers are willing to trade him. This trade wouldn’t land the Bulls a young player who is a building piece like the Heat and Kings trades do, but Austin Reaves is still only 25 years old and has not reached his prime. If the Bulls trade Zach LaVine to the Los Angeles Lakers, expect multiple firsts to be acquired due to the lack of a young player involved.