Outlets like Bleacher Report insist on keeping LaVine’s name in NBA trade rumors, and it seems like this happens every year. LaVine was once an interesting trade target for a team looking for just one more scorer, like a third option, for example.
Now, he’s become a true star and a guy who can take over a game by himself. LaVine is a real threat — a true no. 1 guy, at least in Chicago. On another team, he would function real well as a 1B type of scorer.
This year, LaVine looks like he will finally make an All Star Game. He is averaging an impressive line of 28.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and shooting lights out from three-point distance (43 percent).
If the Bulls were winning a few more games, LaVine could even find himself amongst the MVP contenders — that’s how good he’s been. His ascension every year in Chicago has been nothing short of amazing.
Yet, there’s still reason to believe the Bulls don’t build around him going forward. His defense is a liability, but in today’s NBA, many stars don’t play much defense — that argument is getting kind of old.
For whatever reason, though, LaVine is amongst some of the more juicy names which teams are targeting before the trade deadline.
The Miami Heat are a team that would be an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference if they added LaVine. Getting Jimmy Butler one more guy would equal a powerhouse, and could give us one of the better Eastern Conference Finals we’ve seen in recent history; between Miami and Milwaukee.
If the Heat went after LaVine, it would be a pretty high price tag. But, one of these deals could get it done.