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Should The Sixers Mortgage Their Future On Zach LaVine?

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The Sixers have been linked to Zach LaVine for a while. The Bulls’ star would cost nearly all of the team’s future assets. Is he worth it?

While Philly currently sits atop the Eastern Conference, it’s still clear that the team is far from complete. The Sixers themselves even recognizes this, as shown by the recent trade rumors.

One of the biggest names the Sixers have been linked to is Chicago Bulls‘ star Zach LaVine.

Now, any Sixers fan would dream of adding Lavine to their Big 3 of Embiid, Simmons, and Harris, and it’s not hard to see why.

LaVine also has only fanned the flames of a deal by all but demanding a trade from Chicago. He’s also been vocal about the type of players he’d like to play with, and they sound awfully familiar.

Of course, while LaVine might have some say in where he goes, if Chicago decides to trade him, it’ll be for the best deal.

Can the Sixers stay competitive with the Knicks, Mavericks, and any other team that may be interested? And better yet, Should they?

What Would A Deal Cost The Sixers?

Zach LaVine is the greatest player the Sixers can realistically hope to acquire.

After James Harden was dealt, the two biggest names potentially available were thought to be Bradley Beal and then Zach Lavine. Well, Washington isn’t budging, and neither is Beal, so logically the next man up is LaVine.

Now Chicago would likely want a deal for Ben Simmons, but that’s just not happening. The Sixers would have included Simmons in a Harden deal, but, and no offense to LaVine, he’s not James Harden.

So the Bulls would have to accept a much young package in return which is honestly in their best interest as they are closer to rebuilding than contending.

The Trade Package

With that being said, any package would have to start with two of Shake Milton, Tyrese Maxey, and Matisse Thybulle. Most likely, the latter two as they provide the most long-term value. Isaiah Joe may even need to be included to put the deal over the top.

Additionally, there would need to be salary filler to match. Enters Danny Green, who the Bulls could flip again for either a highly protected first or multiple seconds.

Finally, the Sixers would need to attach multiple first-round picks and pick-swaps (though it’s hard to imagine they’d convey).

If that seems like a lot it’s because it is. This trade would slash the Sixers’ non-existent depth and would leave the team even more light-handed.

And it would absolutely be worth it.

It’s incredibly rare for a player of LaVine’s talent, age, and salary to become available. The Sixers should jump on the opportunity.

The Sixers already missed out on the James Harden sweepstakes. While retaining Ben Simmons was a substantial consolation prize, the same can’t be said in this case. Yes, the Sixers youth could develop into some solid players but none profile to Lavine’s level.

Tyrese Maxey is the most significant loss in this entire trade, and his ceiling is Zach Lavine-lite. Factor in the Sixers’ championship window and this becomes a no-brainer.

Still not convinced? Consider that Lavine is already signed for next season, and the Sixers would have his Full Bird Rights thereafter.

Mortgaging your team’s future is scary, but chances like this are once in a generation. Should the opportunity present itself, the Sixers must pounce, or they will certainly regret it.

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  • Lewis Dow says:

    After fully spending about 2 focused hours on the sixers’ best option before the trade deadline, I have come to the realization that trading for Zach Lavine would be the best move the Sixers could possibly make for such an ideal time as now. Lavine, 25 yrs. old (26 this month) will match up perfectly with elite distributor Ben simmons, age 24 (25 in July) and elite center, Joel Embiid who is 26 now turning 27 this month. You are talking about a dynasty big 3 that could last for 5 to 6 years easy only pending Embiid’s health. Go and get the deal done. Give up Maxey, Thybulle, Danny Green, a couple of first round picks as well. And if the bulls will not budge on that offer, then keep one of your youth and go all in for it by offering Tobias Harris as a strong trade piece. Whatever it takes to get Zach here with Ben and Joel. Come on Darryl Morey, you gotta do this unapologetically. Make it happen! Sing the song Anthony Gargano!!!!(Everrrryyyybodddyyy for Philadelphia 76ers!!!!!!!) Wooooooo!!!!! Pull the trigger on this one!!!!!!

  • Blizz says:

    You bulls fans getting a litte aggy there , i can understand why lol that package looks unappealing at first glance, but Putting maxey thybulle and joe around markkenen with fro & carter makes you better balanced 2 years from now ALSO the 2 first rd pics & the protected 1st you can flip green for give you a bright future AFTER brookln n Philly get old , n makes u better than bucks in 2 years .. but dont kid yaself Zach’s a great talent and all star but he aint better then Ben..

  • Slim Wicky says:

    What a silly article. Your proposed trade offer for Zach Lavine is absolute junk. Please write about something that is realistic and not a trade idea that will never remotely happen. And no, I’m not a Bulls fan. I’m an NBA fan calling out stupid mock trades and writing about it. Sixers won’t get a sniff of Zach Lavine without mentioning Ben Simmons. Zach is a star right now. AK in Chicago is not a garbage man reading for trash.

  • StopDrinkingandGoingoffOldshit says:

    Aye bro, with all due respect…suck a fat one. Zach stayin in the Chi and we building around him. Yall better go check on Tim Hardaway.

  • Jonny Caraballo says:

    Sensible Bull’s fan here. You are out of touch of what Arturas and Marc think of Zach as both a player and asset. I promise you, they believe Zach is better then Ben, so Ben would be a starting point. Why in the world would they set up the relatively young core of Tobias, Joel, Zach, AND Ben for the 76ers? In the same conference, too? The Bulls are starving for a title or to at least compete for one. Why would Arturas/Marc set up another team with a similar championship timeline with that stacked of a lineup, in their own conference at that? We are not trading Zach to Philly without Ben plus some. That probably doesn’t seem so appealing to you, but it ain’t supposed to. You’d bet on Zach being a “better fit” with Philly, and the Bulls would bet on building straight up around Ben. I promise you, your proposal comes across as preposterous to the Bulls new FO.

  • Yo Mama says:

    “All but demanded a trade.” That’s a stretch… and ancient history. He’s said nothing of the sort anytime recently. What a load of crap.

    • BenJones 25 says:

      Let Zac go and keeping him hostage up there. He’ll be a great peice to Philly and you will lose him anyway in free agency In 2022 summer. Get draft picks for him now and young peices while he’s a hot commodity

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