Players the LA Lakers should target: Zach LaVine
The next player that the Lakers should consider trading for is Zach LaVine.
LaVine just like Hield is not happy in his current situation. He is currently one of the few bright spots on what can only be described as a dumpster fire of a Chicago Bulls franchise.
Because it has been made clear that LaVine is not happy in his current situation, along with the Bulls having a track record of not being the most skilled in terms of general management as well as a history of poor trades, the Lakers could easily fleece them.
A package for Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, and Talen Horton-Tucker may be enough to get the deal done. While this would not allow the Lakers to make any other major moves, this would be more than enough for an offseason.
LaVine would be able to carry for offense and take some of the weight of the scoring off of Anthony Davis’s and LeBron’s shoulders. He possesses athleticism that is almost unmatched in the league. He will be a great energy guy with his show-stopping dunks.
Along with this, he would also be great with court spacing and helping the team’s struggling shooting. Last season, he shot 38% from three on 8.1 attempts per game.
Something that LaVine does struggle with is defense. Although he has the size and the athleticism to be an amazing shooter, it has not translated to defensive production. However, some have speculated that he can play defense when he wants to he just has never been in a winning situation and in turn, has really not had much motivation to play defense.
With veteran leadership in LeBron James and Rajon Rondo and a defensive-minded coach in Frank Vogel, LaVine will be held accountable for his defensive production and effort.
Lastly, LaVine has a great contract that the Lakers can still workaround in signing more talent in free agency. LaVine has two years left on an extension that he signed with the Chicago Bulls for 19.5 million a year.