Why Zach LaVine could be the second star Dallas Mavericks acquire next to Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks, Zach LaVine
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Should Dallas Mavericks be worried about Zach LaVine’s injury history?

LaVine has played in 60 or more games just three times in the last six seasons. In his NBA career, he has played in 507 of a possible 663 games, or just 76.4 percent. He has suffered multiple knee injuries, including having surgery last May before a flare-up forced him to miss the first two games of this regular season.

LaVine is in the first season of a five-year $215 million extension that keeps him locked up to age 32. If the Mavericks acquire him, that is their swing at a second star for the foreseeable future. If things do not work out, they will have to wait to trade him as Dallas did with Kristaps Porzingis. After the Unicorn experiment, should LaVine’s knee be a worry?

Yes is the only possible answer. The Mavericks cannot afford to blow this chance at acquiring a second star next to Luka, and they would be repeating something that just failed if they acquire LaVine given his injury history and track record for winning.

Dallas would have to be cautious with LaVine, and it just creates a new set of problems for the Mavs. They could trade for him, but doing so would be a massive gamble that could blow up in their faces. If it does, that could mean Luka Doncic’s departure from Dallas too.