Zach LaVine wants out from the Chicago Bears the Utah Jazz are the perfect landing spot for him.
The Utah Jazz need help. At 3-7 the season is quickly getting away from the team, a team many thought would be vying for the playoffs this year. At this rate, they’ll be lucky to win 25 games, and they need help to turn things around. Enter Zach LaVine.
The current member of the Chicago Bulls seems to be on his way out of the city, with just about everyone reporting that the club is open to trading the multi-time All-Star. The Athletic’s Shams Charania has seemingly implied that many NBA teams are interested in LaVine and there were rumors this summer that the Jazz were interested in him if he were to become available.
We even probed the idea of what it would take to land LaVine around that time, and it was hefty. Likely, the cost would be just as hefty this time around, however, one could argue with LaVine’s slow start that the price should drop some.
Right now, with what he’s done and what he’s doing colliding to create an odd price point, two first-round picks is a fair price, a price that the Jazz should be willing to give up for LaVine. And it’s not LaVine specifically but anyone under 30 that plays the guard spot.
The Jazz need to improve that position on the team, and if the Bulls are going to blow things up, then the Jazz need to get in on trying to trade for LaVine. He notoriously plays well with Lauri Markkanen, and he’s usually a good shooter who can help the Jazz consolidate shots away from the likes of Talen Horton-Tucker and Jordan Clarkson.
He’s not worth any trade on his own, however, as any trade for LaVine needs to contain Alex Caruso as well. LaVine does not improve the Jazz’s defense in any way, and so if the team does land LaVine, they need to land Caruso as well to help balance out the perimeter issues that LaVine brings with him on defense.