LeBron James urges Angeles Lakers to pursue the most wanted player in the NBA at this season’s trade deadline

Is Zach LaVine still a possibility for the Lakers this offseason?

Bulls trade update: Zach LaVine faces trade rumors head-on - Chicago  Sun-Times

Zach LaVine, an All-Star player for the Chicago Bulls, may have played for the Los Angeles Lakers if he hadn’t had to undergo season-ending foot surgery. No other than LeBron James, the self-proclaimed “King,” reportedly approved of the team’s proposal to pursue the daring winger.

Couldn’t move LaVine

The Bulls made a concerted effort to find LaVine a suitor ever since his agents said they would be willing to play elsewhere in November. The former UCLA standout, though, had a bad season owing to injury; a painful foot kept him out of action in December.

LaVine then sustained a sprained ankle, which caused his foot to get inflamed once more, following his comeback and seven games. He ultimately decided to have surgery to fix his injured foot, which put an end to a terrible season in which he averaged a pitiful 19.5 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.

LeBron wanted LaVine on the Lakers to be another playmaker and scoring option, according to a report by Sam Amick, Anthony Slater, and Jovan Buha.

According to the source, “James was also in favor of the Lakers trading for either Zach LaVine or Dejounte Murray, two Klutch Sports clients, in the weeks and months preceding the 2024 trade deadline.”

Despite the fact that LaVine’s name was included in almost every trade rumor up to last February 8 deadline, LaVine’s large salary and injury history prevented Chicago from completing a deal.

Will the Lakers continue their pursuit of LaVine?

Even though Anthony Davis has been reliable and injury-free and LeBron continues to play at a high level, the Lakers are still in ninth position in the Western Conference rankings. Strangely, LaVine was not listed as an option in the report, which stated that the squad will keep looking for a third star to support their talented combination.

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