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Chicago Bulls insider claims Los Angeles Lakers trading for Zach LaVine close to a lock

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An insider for the Chicago Bulls believes it is just a matter of time before the Los Angeles Lakers can finalize a blockbuster trade for two-time All-Star Zach LaVine.

After reaching the Western Conference Finals earlier this year, the Lakers struggled to start the season. However, after head coach Darvin Ham made some key tweaks to the rotation — which included benching Austin Reaves — LA has played better and even stormed their way to the NBA In-Season Tournament title.

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Yet, for as good as the Lakers are, they still seem one big piece away from being a favorite to reach the NBA Finals in the spring. That is why the organization has been linked to trades for disgruntled Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine.

Despite signing a massive new deal two summers ago, the relationship between LaVine and the Bulls has completely soured and both sides are reportedly ready for a divorce. However, the market for his services isn’t strong and it looks like the Lakers are the team that has pursued him the hardest. Yet, talks between the two teams have apparently hit an impasse due to Chicago’s asking price.

Los Angeles Lakers completing trade for Zach LaVine looks to be an eventuality

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While a trade may not happen in the next week, The Athletic Bulls reporter Darnell Mayberry believes the organizations are too good of a fit in a trade for a deal not to get done before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

“All signs are pointing to these teams eventually finding common ground on a deal that works for both sides. The fit as trade partners was apparent before. But as the season has progressed, it seems imperative that they come together on a trade.

“… The problem with that is Chicago’s front office has quickly developed a reputation for overvaluing their own in trade discussions. It could be the biggest hurdle to a Bulls-Lakers blockbuster. To this point, Chicago has demanded top value for suboptimal parts. But after three failed seasons, time has run out on the Bulls’ belief in continuity. A trade is imminent. It’s just a matter of how sweet of a deal the Lakers can offer.”

– Darnell Mayberry

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LaVine has just over three years and more than $140 million left on his contract. The final year of his deal is a player option for $48 million.

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