According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Brooklyn Nets are monitoring Zach LaVine’s situation in Chicago and may look to acquire him if Bradley Beal ultimately decides to stay in Washington.
LaVine has easily emerged as the best player on the Bulls, as he averaged 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 38 percent from three-point land last season.
However, LaVine put up those numbers on a team without a clear second option, and that didn’t necessarily lead to many wins.
Evaluating Zach Lavine
Looking deeper into what he has to offer, LaVine does shoot the catch-and-shoot three at a 42.6 percent clip and shoots most of his three-pointers without even taking a dribble.
Theoretically, that type of shooting would fit very well next to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving since both of them will command a lot of defensive attention with the ball in their hands and will allow LaVine to capitalize on those opportunities.
LaVine would be an upgrade as a catch-and-shoot option from Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie, and you have to figure that at least one of those two players would be sent to Chicago.
However, the Bulls go from a 111.2 defensive rating with LaVine on the floor to a 101.2 defensive rating with him off the court. That’s a huge difference to say the least.
Not only did LeVert put up 23.0 points, 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game in the 17 games before the league shutdown, the Nets were also 0.6 points better defensively with him on the court versus him off the court.
When LeVert gets going offensively, that seems to carry over to the other side of the ball, which will definitely make him one of the better two-way guards in this league.
Looking deeper into the numbers, you can certainly make the argument that LeVert at full health is a better player than LaVine. LeVert’s main problem, however, has been his ability to stay healthy.
Fit on the Nets
The makeup of this Brooklyn Nets team doesn’t require another top-tier scorer, so getting LaVine while potentially trading away both LeVert and Dinwiddie would make little-to-no sense, and the backcourt of Irving and LaVine would have a lot of trouble holding up their own on the defensive side of the ball.
For now, the Nets are better off keeping their roster intact with maybe making a few moves around the edges, but if LeVert doesn’t prove he can be the third-star by the next trade deadline or end of next season, then it may make sense to revisit their idea of adding Beal or LaVine to the mix.
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