Zach LaVine appears likely to be on his way out of Chicago and while the Heat have been rumored to be a destination for the gold medalist, the latest from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald indicated that Miami won’t be a LaVine suitor.
Jackson writes that luxury tax implications are one of the key points in the Heat not pursuing a LaVine trade. Trading Tyler Herro ($120 million over the next four years) for LaVine ($178 million over the next four years) is the logical deal, though the price of doing so may not be justified. LaVine and Herro bring similar skill sets and it’s fair to argue that adding LaVine doesn’t increase the team’s title chances significantly.
The Sixers and Lakers are among the other NBA teams that have been linked to LaVine since the rumors about his departure from Chicago began to circulate earlier this month.