ESPN insiders claim that Chicago Bulls player Zach LaVine will not be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Rumors of a LaVine trade have been circulating, with reports suggesting that he would be willing to leave the Bulls given the opportunity. However, insiders believe there is zero chance of the Lakers pursuing him. Instead, the Lakers are reportedly in the market for help at point guard, with players like Tyus Jones and Colin Sexton being potential targets.
General manager Rob Pelinka has been making sensible moves in team building, including a trade for Rui Hachimura. While Hachimura’s re-signing was seen as a positive move, his inconsistency and offensive limitations have been a concern for the Lakers. Additionally, D’Angelo Russell, the team’s supposed No. 2 offensive option, showed a decline in performance during the playoffs, prompting discussions of a potential trade involving LaVine.
While the Lakers should not completely gut the team to acquire LaVine, he could provide the offensive threat the team needs, potentially taking pressure off LeBron James and giving Anthony Davis better looks in crunch time. A potential deal could involve players like Austin Reaves and Gabe Vincent, providing the Bulls with a good haul. However, the steep costs of LaVine’s contract may pose a challenge for the Lakers.
Adding LaVine to the Lakers’ lineup could significantly improve the team’s performance, especially with his ability to score from anywhere on the floor. With the Western Conference’s top teams filled with young talent, LaVine’s addition could make the Lakers a formidable opponent in the playoffs. While the Bulls and Lakers have not yet engaged in discussions for a potential deal, it remains a possibility given LaVine’s willingness to leave his current team.