I have been watching Zach Lavine for a while now ever since his tenure in Minnesota and I was shocked when the Timberwolves traded him away specially after all the comparisons the young trio of Towns,Wiggins,and Lavine was compared to Durant,Harden,and Westbrook in Oklahoma City. Zach has vied for help in Chicago, he was a lone shark for a couple of years and we really have seen what he is capable of outside the shadow he carried behind Wiggins and Towns who both faltered in Minnesota even with all-star Jimmy Butler on the roster. Lavine up until now has all but proven he can score 30-50 points any given night but he has no business being the first or second best player on a championship team which is what the Bulls are expecting from him assuming he re-ups with them this summer.
I love what the Chicago Bulls have and I am sure they could compete for a championship over the next few years assuming Patrick Williams morphs into the two-way terror on both ends of the floor I am expecting him to become. It’s unfortunate we only got a glimpse of Patrick only the last couple games of this season but Chicago can count on him to be ready to assume a more prominent role next season and Lonzo Ball should be ready to go as well. Ayo Dosumnu was another bright spot for the Bulls and may never amount to being the same level of a player as Zach but he does play both ends of the floor well and gives the Bulls a versatile back-court with Lonzo. Both Ayo and Lonzo can play defense and make the game easier for DeMar,Patrick, and Nikola who will likely be their top 3 scorers assuming Zach signs elsewhere.
The Bulls will be fine, if Patrick Williams lives up to his potential next season they’ll be contenders without Zach Lavine. As for Zach he is a high volume-shooter and would play perfectly off LeBron James and Anthony Davis, two of the more unselfish superstars around the league. I remember the days people would say Zach was going to be the new Kobe Bryant once he was traded to Chicago but I just couldn’t buy into it, with Zach nursing injuries half the season DeMar revitalized his NBA career and finished the season as top 5 MVP candidate something I never saw coming.
Most thought after watching DeMar and Lamarcus team up in San Antonio sans the Kawhi Leonard era that he all but proved he just wasn’t that guy specially after Kawhi won a championship in his place after all his short-comings in Toronto alongside long-time friend Kyle Lowry. Not that Zach should sign with the Lakers because I am a LeBron fan I just think it would be the best situation for him as a player, he’ll be living in Los Angeles and playing alongside someone he once said he’d love to play with in LeBron and the result could be multiple championships over the next 3 seasons.
To conclude the correlation between Zach Lavine and the Lakers is inevitable being that he is a Klutch Sports client and we all know LeBron’s agent Rich Paul will be pulling all stops to get Lavine in a Laker uniform. The acquisition of Zach Lavine could signal LeBron James retiring as a Laker, we’ve heard he wants to play his last season with his son so the popular scenario is LeBron playing another 2 seasons with the Lakers before bolting where-ever his son is drafted. Lavine could still sign a 3-4 year deal with the Lakers and lineup his contract with Davis’s even after LeBron departs and they would still be competitive being that AD and Zach would be in their low 30’s 4 years from now. Lavine is in the prime of his career at the moment, don’t rot away in delusion the same way Lillard has in Portland continuously preaching loyalty and not staring at reality as he becomes a declining asset as the seasons go by. Zach would be all LeBron loved from Malik Monk and then some, till next time.