Lakers massive trade plans for Bulls Zach LaVine

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The Los Angeles Lakers are a team on everyone’s eye as the NBA trade deadline approaches because it feels like it’s only a matter of time before they make a deal. Currently 11-16 in the season, this team needs to strengthen many places on the roster.

It’s hard to fathom that they’re as close to last place as they are to a spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament in the Western Conference. The roster isn’t very good, but they get some nice performances from their Big 3 of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

James has missed some time due to injuries, but when he’s on the field he’s still producing solid numbers. Davis is having an MVP-caliber season, while Westbrook picks up his role reversal well as he comes off the bench.

Rob Pelinka will have to get creative in finding ways to upgrade this roster, especially if they now plan on holding Westbrook and are still hesitant to say goodbye to their first round of 2027 and 2029. The perfect opportunity could present itself however, may occur with the Chicago Bulls as a trading partner.

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Chicago teeters on the line between pushing for a playoff spot or becoming a salesman. When healthy, they make a good team that can make some noise in the Eastern Conference. The problem is they are never healthy and they could be without Lonzo Ball all season. Looking at a possible sinking ship, the Bulls can start trading pieces to improve their future prospects.

According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sport, the Lakers are keeping a close eye on how things are going in the Windy City. Zach LaVine is someone they would be interested in, but they could also look into a multiplayer trade if the opportunity arises.

“The Lakers are certainly watching the developments of the Bulls. A player like Zach LaVine would satisfy Los Angeles’ dreamiest results for the two future first-round picks Rob Pelinka’s front office has left in his stable, though the mumbled idea of ​​flipping Russell Westbrook for Vucevic and DeRozan has a much more realistic result would seem like Chicago ultimately revolves around its postseason aspirations.

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It would take a lot more than Patrick Beverley, Kendrick Nunn and a protected future first-round pick to bring in one of those three players from the Bulls. If they’re going to trade parts of their core, they’ll want to get some high-value assets back in return, such as unprotected first-round picks.

If LaVine is actually available, he’s the type of player Pelinka would probably be willing to unload multiple picks from the first round. Adding another star to the mix would brighten things up a bit in Los Angeles, but rounding out the roster with better depth is probably a better route than adding another injury-prone star to the mix.

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