Mavericks are weighing a sign-and-trade for Zach LaVine this summer

Zach LaVine’s pairing with Luka Doncic could propel the Dallas Mavericks to the top in the West.

While Luka Doncic tasted his first post-season success NBA career that Dallas Mavericks fell in five games against the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 Western Conference Finals.

While Doncic can score at will, he needs the right second star alongside him to bring a title to the Metroplex. Dallas needs more than just a 3-and-D guy, so a high-end playmaker like Zach LaVine the Chicago Bulls would be of great interest to the Mavericks front office. NBA insider Marc Stein reported the Mavericks could consider adding LaVine as part of a sign-and-trade.

Stein wrote that cap flexibility will be an issue for the Mavericks’ offseason plans this summer.

“Trade for [a second star-level] player is the Mavericks’ only expected way to do that this offseason, with no near-term cap flexibility and a determination to re-sign guard Jalen Brunson, who will cement Dallas’ status as a luxury tax team for the first time since the title run.” wrote Stone.

Stein would add that LaVine may be more ready to leave the Bulls than initially thought.

Sources nevertheless claim that one option already being weighed by team bosses is the prospect of joining the Chicago Bulls’ sign-and-trade bid for Zach LaVine, amid a growing belief in the league that LaVine if given free rein is more interested in leaving Chicago than initially thought.”

Does the prospect of adding LaVine to the Mavericks change the whole dynamic in the West?

NBA rumours: Dallas Mavericks investigating sign-and-trade for Zach LaVine

For some reason, the Mavericks have never been able to acquire a notable marquee player in free hands. It could have something to do with Mark Cuban being the owner, or with the franchise’s two major players historically being of international origin. Regardless, Doncic is too talented a playmaker to never bring Dallas a championship before he ends his pro glory.

Whether LaVine is the right player for Doncic in the long term really depends on how willing a defender is at this point in his career. Doncic has never really made that a priority before. Given that LaVine is an incredible athlete, theoretically his skills could pair beautifully with a more technical player in Doncic. Of course he needs the ball in his hands to be successful.

Since Klay Thompson’s prime years don’t grow on trees, elite #2 options like LaVine will have to suffice in this scenario. The good news for the Mavericks is that there is no dominant team out west. It should have been the Phoenix Suns’ year to win a championship, but Doncic and the boys spoiled any dreams The Valley could ever hope for. So maybe the Mavericks are next?

Either way, Dallas doesn’t add a second star without a sign-and-trade. Mavericks are weighing a sign-and-trade for Zach LaVine this summer

John Verrall

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