Massive Update On Zach LaVine Trade Rumors: 3 Suitors Linked

Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, NBA trade rumors
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The Chicago Bulls held high expectations for what their current core could achieve after trading for Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic in 2021 before acquiring DeMar DeRozan from the San Antonio Spurs. This group has failed to win an NBA playoff series, and the future of Zach LaVine is facing significant questions.

According to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago, Lavine has been included in “as many as 15 proposals” in trade talks, with interested suitors including the Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, and Philadelphia 76ers.

LaVine averaged 19.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in 25 games before undergoing season-ending foot surgery. He is expected to be healthy for the start of the 2024-25 season after going through what was expected to be a four-to-six-month recovery window.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic Updates

The Kings finished with a 46-36 record, placing ninth in the Western Conference standings, after entering the season with high expectations for what this group can achieve with De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis as focal points. Sacramento relied heavily on offensive execution. Could they defend well enough with LaVine?

Orlando faces a different outlook than Sacramento in terms of style. The Magic were one of the better defensive teams that lacked enough dynamic scoring punch.

The 76ers tend to pursue starpower, with Daryl Morey running the front office as president of basketball operations. Philadelphia has Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey as star talents to build around, but they have yet to fill the void left by trading James Harden. With Embiid as a rim protector, perhaps LaVine could provide another scoring option.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic Updates

Any team that trades for LaVine would need to be comfortable taking on the remaining three seasons of his five-year, $215.2 million supermax contract. He is set to earn $43 million in 2024-25, then $46 million in 2025-26, and a $49 million player option in 2026-27. Given his injury history and being a fringe All-Star, his impact hasn’t matched the value.

Chicago will face difficulty receiving much value in return for LaVine, considering the contract a team has to absorb to acquire him. However, the Bulls have other business to tend to, which begins with selecting the right player using the 11th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

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