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Will the Dallas Mavericks trade for Zach LaVine this summer?

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The Dallas Mavericks are fresh off a run to the Western Conference Finals, but they will be looking to upgrade their roster this offseason. They were the only team in the final four with just one All-Star on their roster. Dallas will continue to build around superstar Luka Doncic, but he needs more help if the Mavericks are going to win their second championship in franchise history.

Rumors will dominate the next five weeks leading into free agency opening on July 1. Dallas will be linked to a host of players as they search for upgrades, and the latest is two-time All-Star Zach LaVine. The Bulls guard was viewed as sold on staying in Chicago just three months ago, but he appears to be available and teams are lining up to bid on him.

Marc Stein detailed (subscription required) the Mavericks thinking about potentially acquiring LaVine, but it is important to remember that they need to convince him to join the Mavericks before agreeing to a sign-and-trade with Chicago.

How can the Dallas Mavericks acquire Zach LaVine this summer?

LaVine is a free agent, but the Mavs do not have cap space. They are projected to be over the luxury tax line without re-signing Jalen Brunson as Luka Doncic and Dorian Finney-Smith both have extensions kicking in this summer. The only way they could land LaVine would be a sign-and-trade, and the Bulls would likely be focused on adding role players and a draft pick as they want to contend for a playoff spot next season.

Should the Mavericks target Zach LaVine? Will they try to acquire the 6’5 guard? Here is a look at the case for and against adding the two-time All-Star before diving into the team’s chances of landing him.

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