The Brooklyn Nets should look to trade for Zach LaVine. If the Nets acquire LaVine, it would allow the ex-All-Star to play under the bright lights of New York City and play for a playoff contender. Brooklyn could even become a champion contender in a few years.
Last season, LaVine averaged 24.8 points per game for the Bulls and would gel nicely with Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson.
LaVine to the Nets would be a win for both Chicago and Brooklyn. At 28 years old, LaVine is not getting any younger, and he needs to get out of Chicago if he wants to win a ring.
The Bulls big three of LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Lonzo Ball would have worked, but Ball has dealt with chronic injuries, and the team has struggled in his absence. Chicago should hit the reset button and blow it all up.
Mock Trade: The Nets give up young talent for Zach LaVine
Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley pitched this trade last week, and we think it would be perfect for both teams.
The Brooklyn Nets have a lot of young, athletic depth on the bench, as well as a lot of draft capital in the future. Brooklyn has eight first-round picks in the next seven years. The Nets mix of young talent and draft capital should entice the Bulls.
Brooklyn would be very happy with this trade, as they would add an all-star caliber guard in LaVine to pair up with Ben Simmons, Nic Claxton, Bridges, and Johnson. They would still have good depth and a lot of future capital. The Nets have a chance to build something special for years to come.
Projected Nets depth chart if this mock trade happens
PG: Ben Simmons, Dennis Smith Jr.
SG: Zach LaVine, Lonnie Walker IV, Armoni Brooks
SF: Mikal Bridges, Royce O’Neale, Dariq Whitehead
PF: Cameron Johnson, Noah Clowney, Trendon Watford, Jalen Wilson
C: Nic Claxton, Day’Ron Sharpe, Harry Giles III