The trade deadline is Feb. 8.
“I’ve been in trade talks for a long time, so I understand the situation,” LaVine said. “It’s not like it will be the first or the last time it’s going to happen with my name. As of right now, I’m excited to still put this jersey on and go out here and play.”
Here are hypothetical odds for LaVine’s team after the trade deadline, with insight from Thomas Gable, director of race and sports at the Borgata in Atlantic City: *
Los Angeles Lakers: +225 (bet $10 to win $32.50 total) — Makes a lot of sense with the connections (Klutch Sports) and the Lakers have some pieces they could part with and would take more of the load off of LeBron James. The Lakers want to win now, so I make them the favorite.
Utah Jazz: +800 (bet $90 to win total) — Another team that is looking to compete now and has enough draft picks to make a deal work.
* odds as of 11/15/2023
Landing with the Lakers would be a homecoming for LaVine. He played one season for the UCLA Bruins in 2013-14 before becoming the No. 13 pick by the Timberwolves in 2014.
The two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion is under contract until the 2025-26 season and has a player option for the 2026-27 season. He signed a deal worth $215 million in the summer of 2022.
LaVine leads the Bulls in scoring this season at 22.6 points per game, but that his lowest average since his first season with the Bulls in 2017-18, when he averaged 16.7 points in 24 games after knee surgery.
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