Dallas Mavericks help Chicago Bulls begin rebuild by trading Zach LaVine
In this hypothetical deal, the Dallas Mavericks would receive forwards, Patrick Williams and Duncan Robinson. Williams seems like a surefire trade piece after a disappointing start to the season.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls would receive a plethora of players and picks. Tyler Herro, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Jaden Hardy, and Maxi Kleber would all make their way to the Midwest. Additionally, Chicago would acquire a first-rounder, a second-rounder, and the better of their own and Miami's 2030 first-round draft pick.
Last but not least, the Miami Heat would receive Bull star swingman Zach LaVine and Mavs big man Richaun Holmes.
Dallas adds two forwards with altering skillsets. Williams is a former fourth-overall draft pick who has yet to put it all together in the league. The young forward has the potential to be a top-tier 3-and-D forward in the NBA.
Aside from Williams, Robinson would be on his way to Dallas. At this point, Robinson's role in the NBA is solidified. He's a knockdown 3-point shooter who doesn't provide much else. However, his sole skill is enough for all 30 teams to covet his archetype.
Despite trading away a franchise centerpiece in LaVine, Chicago would acquire multiple young assets and draft picks to begin the rebuild. Herro, Jaquez Jr., and Hardy are all under 24 years old. Herro would fill in for the departed LaVine, while Jaquez Jr. and Hardy would provide offense off the bench and have potential as long-term starters.
As for the Heat, adding LaVine is likely the final piece of the puzzle. Miami went after Damian Lillard all offseason, but to no avail, as the Milwaukee Bucks swooped in to acquire Lillard's services.
Here, the Heat would add LaVine to pair with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Also, another backup big to bolster the center rotation. Holmes joins LaVine in South Beach.