The Dallas Mavericks are searching for a second star to pair with Luka Doncic. They can trade multiple first-round picks, but they still owe one to the New York Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade. Dallas is expecting that selection to convey in the summer of 2023, which will allow the Mavericks to trade their full complement of first-round picks for a second star that jumps them into title contention.
The team is currently short on ball handlers and players that can create shots. Luka is arguably the best player on the planet, but he needs more help for Dallas to be serious title challengers. It will likely take a second star and a few role player upgrades for the Mavs to push over that line.
Zach LaVine could be available, and rumors suggest the Mavericks could be interested. Could LaVine be the second star in Dallas? Here is a look at how it could happen, why he fits, and the worries that come with trading for the two-time All-Star.
Dallas Mavericks could benefit if the Bulls decide to blow it up and trade Zach LaVine
The Chicago Bulls are 15-19 and tied for tenth in the Eastern Conference, which is not what Bulls lead decision-maker Arturas Karnisovas envisioned when he built this roster. The uncertain future of Lonzo Ball coupled with the upcoming free agency of Nikola Vucevic and the team’s uneven play has the Bulls thinking about blowing things up before the trade deadline.
Chicago is a team to watch ahead of Feb. 9. If they don’t turn things around and start playing better, every player could be on the trade block. Zach LaVine is likely to fetch the biggest return and is the most likely to be moved if the Bulls decide to enter a full-scale rebuild. Still, the two-time All-Star might come at a small discount given his long-term deal and injury history.
Why would the Dallas Mavericks be interested in trading for Zach LaVine?