KEY POINTS

  • Zach LaVine emerges as a trade interest for the Dallas Mavericks
  • The Mavericks see LaVine as a possible third star behind Doncic and Porzingis
  • Dallas can benefit from LaVine’s all-around scoring ability

For the past three seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Zach LaVine grew as an all-around guard, executing effective plays on the court while sinking in buckets in crucial moments.

His growing reputation in the league has started to turn heads, especially this offseason as the Mark Cuban-owned Dallas Mavericks look to tap the 25-year-old's services via trade when the free agency period begins on Nov. 20

According to Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer, the Mavs have already made an inquiry about the trade availability of the Renton, Washington native.

Associated with his jaw-dropping dunking stunts early in his career, LaVine has transformed from a one-dimensional cager to a cold-blooded threat in the field.

Last season, he averaged 25.5 points a game to go along with 3.1 three-pointers made a night on 38 percent shooting.

Bri Amaranthus of Sports Illustrated believes that LaVine could be a huge and beneficial addition to the Mavs' cast led by Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

“It's no secret that Dallas is looking to find its third-best player alongside Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis to continue their growing success in the Western Conference. LaVine, coming off his best NBA season yet, is guaranteed $19.5 million each season through 2021-22,” Amaranthus wrote.

WIth Donic manning the offense for head coach Rick Carlisle, the Mavericks clinched a spot in the 2020 NBA Playoffs no worse than the seventh seed, marking their first trip since 2016.

However, they were booted out by Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round after six games.

Given Dallas’ gutsy performance in the post-season, having someone like LaVine who possesses firepower could assure stability if they will once again make it to the playoffs next year.

Zach Lavine Zach LaVine and Trae Young are two of the NBA stars who recently got a player rating boost on "NBA 2K19". Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 05, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo: Getty Image/Andy Lyons