Making the Lakers a ‘Championship Team’ would need trading for a $215 million star

The Los Angeles Lakers (4-5) had a contentious roster before they ever entered the court in their eventual 122-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns. To bolster the roster, it appeared like they could need to make another deal, and one analyst offered a recommendation.

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Over his previous seven games, LaVine, 28, is averaging 25.4 points per game and shooting 40% from outside the arc.

He was also an All-Star twice in the past.

“This doesn’t bother me,” host Chiney Ogwumikey remarked. “He is capable of making three-pointers, pushing the rock, being complementary, and having enough star power to play well with LeBron.” .. That team is a champion.

Wilbon said, “You’re not doing any good on the Bulls.” “How do they do that?”

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There are always rumors. However, I’ve always heard that fire exists where there is smoke,” LaVine stated on August 5 via NBC Sports Bay Area. “And occasionally, you notice a little too much smoke.”

Analyst: Rival Teams Are Vigorously Scouting Bulls

In response to Wilbon’s suggestion, ESPN NBA expert Brian Windhorst stated, “In talking to some people around the league, the scouts are jamming themselves into Bulls games because they realize that, at some point, the Bulls may break this team up.” “And they’re all obtaining information.”

In fact, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley stated on November 11 that the Bulls do not currently plan to trade LaVine.

However, the Bulls (3-6) assessed trade interest in LaVine throughout the previous summer and before to the trade deadline in the previous campaign. In past conversations, they have always maintained a high asking price, which has impeded a transaction.

Lakers and Bulls Might Have to Wait Comparably Long for a Trade

The Lakers may eventually gain if the Bulls continue to work out their future as Winhorst believes.

They can come to the realization that they were wrong when looking back on their offseason. Regarding the Lakers’ plans for the roster, Windhorst stated, “That bringing the bulk of the team back was a mistake.” “They might get there, but I don’t think they are yet.”

It might also be helpful to give things more time to jive after so many changes in less than a year.

In order for the Lakers to decide to part ways with their existing core of players, the Bulls would need to wait until at least December 15. DeMar DeRozan, a Compton native, is another member of that core. At that point, players like D’Angelo Russell and Rui Hachimura who inked contracts this offseason can be moved by Los Angeles.