1 Dallas Mavericks trade target at every position to consider
Shooting guard: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
LaVine is a two-time All-Star and one of the league’s elite scorers. He could be the best player traded before the deadline. The Bulls are currently three games under .500 and sitting 11th in the Eastern Conference. They must shake up their roster, but will they try to trade for more help or become sellers?
LaVine is in the first year of a five-year $215 million extension, but can the Bulls build a title contender around him? Nikola Vucevic is headed toward free agency, and DeMar DeRozan has just one year left on his deal. Do the Bulls run it back with a new point guard? Could they trade LaVine and try to retool around DeRozan? There are a ton of question marks in Chicago with just over ten days until the deadline.
LaVine figures to return the largest haul, which is why the Bulls should shop him before Feb.9. They could net a young talent on a rookie contract plus some draft capital that will give Chicago some flexibility.
Dallas Mavericks trade rumors: Do the Mavs have enough assets to acquire Zach LaVine?
The Mavs are rumored to be interested in LaVine, but acquiring him is another can of worms. Dallas can trade two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and any player on their roster, except Maxi Kleber before the trade deadline. They have the assets to land LaVine, but are they willing to part with them?
Acquiring Zach LaVine locks him in as the Mavericks' second star for the foreseeable future. Can the Mavs win with a backcourt that struggles on the defensive end of the floor? It is a question the franchise must consider.
The Dallas Mavericks need more talent, and Zach LaVine is unquestionably talented, but can the two sides get a deal done?