3 Most Like Zach LaVine Trade Destination Following Latest Report

With all signs pointing to the Chicago Bulls trading Zach LaVine this offseason, here's a look at the three most likely destinations for the two-time NBA All-Star.
The three most likely trade destinations for Zach LaVine.
The three most likely trade destinations for Zach LaVine. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Los Angeles Lakers

If the Bulls would rather ship LaVine out West, the Los Angeles Lakers are one destination where he could end up.

The Lakers are similar to the 76ers in the sense that they're teams constructed around two top stars — LeBron James and Anthony Davis, in this case — with very little around them. A lack of a reliable third scorer was Los Angeles' downfall this postseason (just like it was last year), leaving the franchise desperate for a player like LaVine.

The Lakers just don't have anyone outside of their dynamic duo to trust consistently on a nightly basis. Austin Reaves is solid but still has a lot of room to grow while D'Angelo Russell finds a way to disappear each postseason. The Gabe Vincent experiment has been a bust thus far while underperforming vets like Taurean Prince and Spencer Dinwiddie are likely on their way out.

While Los Angeles might not have as much cap space as Detroit or Philadelphia, a trade with Chicago isn't off the table. The Lakers could easily re-sign Russell and pair him with the likes of Vincent ($11.5 million) and Jarred Vanderbilt ($11.5 million) to make the financial figures work. That's without mentioning how they also have a trio of first-round draft picks at their disposal.

Maybe the Lakers can't give the Bulls exactly what they want, but they might be the best option. Los Angeles' combination of short-term contracts and first-round picks could give Chicago more future flexibility than it has at the moment. Besides, it isn't as if the Bulls are title contenders, meaning they don't need a perfect home-run return.

At the end of the day, the Bulls could likely do much worse than what the Lakers have to offer.

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