With Zach LaVine’s name in a few negative headlines this week, we look at some possible trade destinations if the Chicago Bulls opt that route.
A gigantic storyline surfaced in the NBA this week, with The Athletic reporting Chicago Bulls star guard Zach LaVine experiencing tension with the organization.
Per Shams Charania, LaVine and the Bulls are “not seeing eye-to-eye,” and currently trying to work through their issues.
In the first year of a 5-year contract signed a few months back, LaVine has been a bit underwhelming this season. The Bulls want to see more, as do their fans.
LaVine’s numbers still look respectable, as he’s posting over 21 points, four rebounds and four assists per game. But, if there’s a split in the near future, the Bulls could look at three particular teams to make a deal with.
3. Trade destinations for Zach LaVine if the Chicago Bulls part ways: Miami Heat
At the moment, the Miami Heat are trying to make it through some significant injuries. Playing without guys like Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin and Kyle Lowry recently has been hard on the team.
Miami is sitting at .500 and in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. One would have to assume that when Butler is healthy, this team still a dangerous club. Adding LaVine to the mix, along with Butler and Bam Adebayo, could mean Miami gives it a real run in the postseason.
The problem is, Miami would have to get creative in dealing for LaVine. Any trade would almost certainly need to include Lowry’s $28 million salary, along with another player or two. You’d have to believe the Bulls would want picks, as well.
Would Miami be willing to give up Lowry along with assets? He’s having one of the worst years in a while, statistically, but his veteran presence is something the team would count on when the games get more serious.