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LaVar Ball predicts the two-time all-star and elite scorer will sign with the Lakers

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LaVar Ball is in the news again, this time for his prediction of what the Los Angeles Lakers will do this summer.

In a May 18 interview with David Kaplan, Ball said Zach LaVine will leave the Chicago Bulls this offseason and sign with the Lakers. LaVine is an unrestricted free agent and has the same agents as LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

“He’s gone,” Ball said of NBC Sports Chicago. “You will love him in LA. It started with “Zach LaVine, Zach LaVine, Zach LaVine”. OK, now you’re hurt. Few things happen. And guess who does all the big plays? All I hear is DeMar (DeRozan). He (LaVine) doesn’t want to play second fiddle.

“And who doesn’t want to go to LA? (If) he (LaVine) wanted to go back to the West Coast, he would say, “Yeah, I’m from (Seattle)”. … If he had the opportunity to go there? I guarantee you he’s no fool. Because he’s like, ‘I’m in LA, even if I get paid, I know I can do some commercials or something.'”

LaVine would be the third option with the Lakers behind James and Davis. The Bulls guard once said he would like to play with James at All-Star Weekend. LaVine also recently announced that he plans to “enjoy free reign.”

LaVine said he will remain “with my eyes wide open” when asked if the Bulls were the leader in the clubhouse to sign him in April. The two-time All-Star and two-time slam dunk champion explained that getting a free hand is a “big decision” for him and his family and he intends to “consider everything” that is available to him.

LaVine, James and Davis will be represented by Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul.

“It’s a big decision, not only for me but also for my family,” says LaVine called. “Of course I’ll take my time and check everything, talk to my agent. I think it’s an opportunity that not many people in my situation actually get to take advantage of and I find it exciting. I look forward to it.

“I intend to enjoy the free hand with what it is as a whole. I think you need to experience AZ without making any quick decisions. I think that’s something Rich and I need to go through and experience. … I don’t think I have to go into negotiations. You need to talk to Rich. For me, I can sit back and figure it out from this point.

LaVine can sign a five-year deal worth around $200 million with the Bulls or a four-year deal worth around $160 million with another team this offseason. He averaged 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 2021-22.

However, LaVine will soon undergo surgery on his left knee. It’s the same knee where he tore his left ACL in the 2016/17 season.

In order for the Lakers to acquire LaVine, they would have to do a sign-and-trade deal with the Bulls because they don’t have the cap to directly sign the UCLA product. Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus believes it’s possible for Lila and Gold to pair LaVine with James and Davis.

However, it will require a lot of work.

According to Pincus, there are a few opportunities for the Lakers to acquire LaVine from the Bulls. However, each route is “very difficult”.

“Los Angeles would have to trade Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn (expected to attend for $5.3 million) and Westbrook without bringing back the salary. Consequently, assuming LaVine would take a significant discount to fit in space that the Lakers likely don’t have is nonsense,” Pincus wrote. “The only real solution would be a sign-and-trade, which raises various issues, most notably a hard spending limit of approximately $155.7 million for the 2022-23 season. With only James, Davis and LaVine under contract, the Lakers would only have $36.6 million to complete the rest of the roster. Keeping Westbrook and his $47.1 million is a non-starter.

“Even if Chicago were open to a one-for-one swap of LaVine for (Russell) Westbrook (unlikely), the math wouldn’t work. With LaVine receiving a significant raise, his egress trade value to the Bulls would be his 2021-22 salary of $19.5 million — $18.1 million missing from contracts to match Westbrook.”

LaVine earned $19,500,000 in 2021-22. He was 12th in the NBA in points per game.

“Even if Chicago were open to a one-for-one swap of LaVine for (Russell) Westbrook (unlikely), the math wouldn’t work. With LaVine receiving a significant raise, his egress trade value to the Bulls would be his 2021-22 salary of $19.5 million — $18.1 million missing from contracts to match Westbrook.”



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