1: Zach LaVine
Is this the season that the Bulls accept that their All-Star trio won’t be able to get them past the first round of the playoffs? And that’s if Chicago even makes it that far this season.
Knicks fans are very familiar with Zach LaVine, as he’s been linked to New York numerous times over the past couple of years. After this season, the 28-year-old will still have three years (including a player option in 2026-27) on his current contract. If the Bulls decide to enter rebuilding territory, LaVine’s a player who could be traded before the deadline or over the summer.
When SI’s Chris Mannix reported that OG Anunoby is a player the Sixers are monitoring, he also mentioned LaVine. He’s coming off a season where he averaged 24.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game, shooting 48.5% from the floor and 37.5% from deep.
Philadelphia fans are already worrying that if their team does trade for LaVine, he won’t be able to help them get past the second round of the postseason. Maybe it would actually help the Knicks’ case if the Sixers traded for LaVine, but the move would push a possible Embiid trade request back even further. The center would at least hang around long enough to see what he and LaVine could accomplish.
It’s not a matter of if Philadelphia will make a trade, but when. Time is ticking on Joel Embiid’s prime, and the Sixers will do whatever needs to be done to keep him happy.