Sixers in Preliminary Talks With Bulls About Zach LaVine
The talk when it comes to connecting a star player to the Sixers recently has surrounded Damian Lillard. Even though Dame says he only wants to go to Miami. But if you are sick of the will they won’t they stuff with Dame, there is a new rumor floating around the Sixers. Bulls Insider K.C. Johnson, who covers the team for NBC Chicago, is reporting both the Sixers and the Trailblazers have had talks with the Bulls concerning Zach Lavine. You can read about his reporting on the story here.
Now it needs to be said K.C. is saying that for now, those conversations have not gone anywhere. But it is notable that the conversations have happened. Zach Lavine has been connected to the Sixers a few times in the past. His name was thrown around when the Ben Simmons trade stuff went down. But that never materialized into anything concrete.
But now his name is popping up again. What would the Sixers be giving up? That much is not clear. If the Sixers won’t give up Tyrese Maxey for Dame Lillard, it is very unlikely they would give him up for Lavine. But it could be part of a James Harden trade or a Tobias Harris deal.
Lavine averaged 24.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game last season. He also shot 37.5% from 3. Lavine has now averaged at least 20 points per game in every season since 2018. He has been an All-Star in two of the last 3 seasons.
For now, it is just talk. But as Brian Windhorst has said multiple times now, Daryl Morey has something up his sleeve. Could Lavine be the thing Morey is working on? Or is this just the Sixers desperately asking around for any star player to fix the predicament they are in?
Tracking All The NBA Free Agency News and Moves
NBA Free Agency is always an adventure. Officially “Legal Tampering” begins at 6 pm. But we all know there were talks going on long before then. Every year there are deals suddenly agreed to moments past when teams can officially negotiate. Are we to believe that they negotiated these complicated deals in just a few minutes? It’s why it was ridiculous that the Sixers got penalized multiple second-round picks for “tampering” with James Harden and PJ Tucker. Because everyone tampers.
And we are once again here. And due to the recent Harden news, plus whatever is going on with Tobias Harris, it could be a very interesting free agency for the Sixers. Even if none of the moves they make are technically free agents. It is looking like Harden will be heading to the Clippers. But there is also word the Knicks could be in on him too.
But it is not just the Sixers with a lot of choices to make. Damian Lillard is once again flirting with asking out, though he has not done so yet. Kyrie Irving could be on the move. We already had some big trades with Chris Paul being traded twice and Bradley Beal heading to the Suns. And over this Holiday weekend, there are sure to be many more moves that shake up the NBA.
What are the Sixers going to do? Will they accomplish the dream and land Damian Lillard? Could it be some other star coming back? Or will they get no one of that level back? What about Tobias Harris, could he be moved as he seems to want? And where will all the other big names around the NBA land?