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NBA Rumors: Sixers Could Trade For Zach LaVine

(via Sports Illustrated)

(via Sports Illustrated)

For years the Philadelphia 76ers have been trying to break the glass ceiling and finally make the NBA Finals. With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, they have two of the most tantalizing young players in the league, and their aspirations have grown to match.

But even as they stand with a 17-7 record in the East, there is a feeling that this team is itching for more.

In a trade scenario made by Bleacher Report's Dan Favale, the Sixers could improve their roster (and their chance to compete for a title) by acquiring young slashing guard, Zach LaVine from the Chicago Bulls.

Zach LaVine is another player set to draw intense leaguewide interest against his incumbent team's will. The Chicago Bulls are not looking to move him, according to NBC Sports' K.C. Johnson. At least some potential suitors are preparing for that to change.

Ending up with the Philadelphia 76ers would be a heavenly outcome for the high-scoring guard. He has improved his playmaking reads but remains overstretched as a No. 1 option tasked with uplifting an entire offense. Philly allows him to hover somewhere between the No. 2 and No. 3 options on any given night.

This match is equally ideal for the Sixers. Minutes without Joel Embiid are back to being a disaster. The Sixers are getting outscored by eight points per 100 possessions with an offense that ranks in the 10th percentile without the big man. Things are not better when Simmons plays during those stints.

The Bulls have yet to make LaVine available in trade talks, and there is no indication things will swing that way. But if the time comes that the Bulls decide to make a major move, Philly has a lot to gain by adding LaVine.

As a young, athletic guard, he can rack up some big points to take some pressure off Embiid and Simmons. But is he a good enough shooter to provide for their needs on the offensive end? Is he worth sacrificing most of their depth?

The 76ers still have time to think it through, but it's a risky move nonetheless.