Since his legendary dunk contest in 2016, Zach LaVine has consistently been one of the league’s most popular players. His ability to sky high and throw it down over most defenders is truly amazing to watch, but that is not all that this bright young player can do.
LaVine had developed his offensive game, and is currently averaging a career-high 24.9 PPG for the Chicago Bulls. Quite simply, LaVine is on his way to becoming an All-Star player especially if he stays in the East.
But the Chicago Bulls are not a good team, and they might be looking to shake up their roster by moving their best perimeter scorer. Thanks to his amazing talent and young age, LaVine is a player every team in the league will love to have. Here are the best destinations for Zach LaVine, along with the trade packages that can be offered.
Los Angeles Lakers
Trade Package: Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green
Without a doubt, the Lakers are a top-two team in the West in terms of talent and dominance on the court. They boast two superstars in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, along with a nice cast of shooters and big men. But they are lacking a legitimate third star to put them over the top as the number one favorite in the league, and moving Kyle Kuzma for Zach LaVine might be the answer.
LaVine is a better player than Kuzma, and he will thrive in Los Angeles. He will get a ton of open shots playing with LeBron and will feast on the fast break with both James and Davis able to make cross-court passes.
LaVine will be a third star and third 20-PPG scorer for the Lakers in a bid to bring the NBA title back to Los Angeles. Kuzma has not been as consistent as the Lakers would have hoped, and he seems to be a little more concerned with his public image than in prior years. LaVine looks hungry and dedicated to winning, and his offense will truly be welcomed at Staples Center.
Trade Package: Garry Harris, Malik Beasley, 1st Round Pick
The Nuggets are a very good basketball team, but the main criticism has been their lack of star power beyond Nikola Jokic. They have a ton of tradeable assets but don’t seem to be keen on moving any of them for extra star power. This finally might be their time, as moving starting shooting guard Gary Harris and promising scorer Malik Beasley might benefit them in the playoffs.
Beasley is a promising player, who looks to be another guard who can average double-digit scoring numbers, while Harris is a nice two-way player.
Giving them up won’t be easy, but Zach LaVine will join Jamal Murray in the backcourt that will feature long-range shooting and plenty of scoring. LaVine, Murray, Jokic, and promising young player Michael Porter Jr gives them a very nice core to compete for many years to come.
Adding LaVine and his nearly 25-PPG average will come in great handy for Denver when their offense gets stagnant as it has in the past. When the offense slows down in the playoffs, LaVine can be a spark to get the team going once again and prevent them from steaming out as we have seen in the past.
Trade Package: Josh Richardson, Zhaire Smith, 1st Round Pick, 2nd Round Pick
The Sixers need shooters, and that’s all there is to it. Luckily, LaVine can provide plenty of that and then some. LaVine can shoot the lights out, but can also find ways to score by creating his own shot. The Sixers do not have anyone who can do that on the team since Simmons is offensively limited and Harris is only suitable to be a second or third option offensively.
Giving LaVine the keys to score and create his own shot will open up the floor for Simmons to drive to the basket, and also give Harris open looks. Not to mention, Embiid will love finding LaVine open for threes when he is double-teamed as often as he is.
LaVine might be what the Sixers need since they are falling behind the pack in the East. Losing Jimmy Butler hurt them a lot, and while LaVine won’t replace his defense, he gives the Sixers the same offensive output with the even better shooting.
The Sixers have all the tools to be a contender, they just need a bonafide perimeter scorer like LaVine. A lineup with Simmons, LaVine, Harris, Horford, and Embiid will finally be enough to challenge the likes of Boston and Milwaukee for the best team in the East.