3. The Kings prove they’re serious by landing a third All-Star
While I believe Charania was personally on the money when outlining the most likely trade destinations for LaVine, these are the same teams that are always in the conversation for big trade targets. Much like how we saw the Milwaukee Bucks swoop in at the last second to land Damian Lillard, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an unnamed wild card team be the one who’s willing to dish out the assets for Zach.
With that in mind, why not the Sacramento Kings? They’ve already registered interest in LaVine in the past, as they were the team that offered LaVine a four-year, $78 million deal that forced Chicago to match back in 2018. Since then, they’ve remained committed to their vision for their current roster by trading Tyrese Haliburton for Domantas Sabonis. Adding LaVine to their current star duo would be a massive improvement over incumbent shooting guard Kevin Huerter.
The Kings might finally get their hands on Zach LaVine if they’re willing to pay the price.
De’Aaron Fox and Sabonis may be elite at the rim, but neither is the three-dimensional threat that LaVine is. By sacrificing a bit of depth here, this Sacramento team could build a genuine future around a new ‘Big 3’ along with quality role players Keegan Murray, Malik Monk, and Chris Duarte.
In exchange, the Bulls would net a pair of high-value future first-round picks, as well as accomplished veterans in Harrison Barnes and Huerter — each of whom could likely be flipped for even more draft capital ahead of the trade deadline. Davion Mitchell is also worth a look here, as the defensive specialist could blossom into a true two-way player in a larger role on the Bulls, and has the skill set to perfectly complement Coby White in the starting lineup.