The Dallas Mavericks are rumored to be interested in trading for Bulls guard Zach LaVine. The two-time All-Star is averaging over 22 points per game for the third straight season, and fans remember his epic dunk contest performances. Dallas is searching for a co-star for Luka Doncic, and the Bulls could be on the verge of a total rebuild.
Chicago is 16-21 so far, and they sit 11th in the Eastern Conference. Their early season struggles coupled with some behind-the-scenes drama (subscription required) has every team in the league looking at the Bulls as the team that might sell at the deadline. LaVine figures to fetch the biggest return given his age and long-term contract in place.
The Mavericks need a co-star next to Luka Doncic to become serious title contenders, but they should not trade for Zach LaVine. Here are three reasons why acquiring the two-time All-Star would be a mistake by the Mavs brass.
Why Dallas Mavericks trading for Zach LaVine would be a mistake: 3. Knee issues
LaVine is in the first season of a five-year contract worth $215 million. Having a 27-year-old two-time All-Star on your roster that cannot hit free agency until 2026 sounds enticing for the Mavericks, but LaVine’s left knee is problematic. He tore his ACL in that knee in 2017 before having an arthroscopic procedure on it last offseason. A flare-up caused him to miss a few games at the start of the regular season, and there is zero telling how that knee will hold up long-term.
LaVine staying on the court period has been a bit problematic. He missed 15 games last season, and the 27-year-old has sat out 34 over the last three years. The Mavericks constantly worried about Kristaps Porzingis’ availability during his time in Dallas, and going down a similar path with LaVine would be less than ideal.
If his left knee checks out fine during the physical, there are other reasons why trading for Zach LaVine would be a mistake for the Dallas Mavericks.