Is LA Still Eyeing the All-Star?
The Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in a precarious position, currently sporting a .500 record (19-19) despite having their star players, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, healthy for most of the season. With the need for a significant acquisition looming large, trade rumors have been swirling, with names like Dejounte Murray surfacing. However, the persistent name in trade talks throughout the season has been the two-time Chicago Bulls All-Star shooting guard, Zach LaVine.
Recent reports, however, suggest that LaVine’s market may not be as active as expected. According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, “The market for Bulls All-Star guard Zach LaVine still has been quiet, as interested teams remain reluctant to absorb the four seasons and roughly $180 million remaining on his contract.” LaVine is nearing a return to action after being sidelined with right foot inflammation for several weeks. A strong return showcasing his defensive prowess, which once intrigued NBA evaluators during his time with Team USA, could potentially boost his trade value.
The struggling Lakers are seen as a logical landing spot for the 28-year-old former All-Star, but even they have expressed hesitation about taking on LaVine’s substantial contract. Nevertheless, for the Lakers, LaVine’s contract could also mean a more affordable price in terms of assets exchanged for a player of his caliber.
Considering his potential long-term impact and the relatively low acquisition cost, LaVine could very well become part of the Lakers’ future beyond this season, making a trade for him a reasonable proposition. Acquiring a player of his caliber while maintaining long-term value would be a significant win for the Lakers.