3 reasons why the 76ers should not trade for Zach LaVine 

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Ever since the 76ers agreed to trade James Harden in late October, rumors have continued to circle regarding whether they would pursue another star player via trade. Two names linked to the Sixers are OG Anunoby and Donovan Mitchell due to the difficult start to the season for the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers. However, the biggest name in the spotlight of Sixers trade discussions is Zach LaVine. Here are three reasons why the Sixers should not trade for the Chicago Bulls guard. 

1. The 76ers are putting together a spectacular season offensively

The best aspect of Zach LaVine's game is his ability to put the ball in the basket. For his career LaVine has averaged over 20 points per game. Meanwhile, the 2023-2024 Sixers are among the league’s best offenses from an efficiency rating standpoint this season. As of December 22nd, reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid has scored 30 or more points in 14 consecutive games. Tyrese Maxey is well on his way to being selected to his first all-star game. Tobias Harris just scored a season-high 33 points against the Toronto Raptors. The trio of Embiid, Maxey, and Harris each scored 30 or more points on Friday night in the win against Toronto. Adding another star to the mix who requires a lot of touches offensively could potentially hinder the chemistry of the current team. 

2. OG Anunoby would be a better fit for this Sixers team

Given that the Sixers are firing on all cylinders on offense, LaVine may not be the best trade target for the Sixers. Regarding a potential fit, OG Anunoby may be the piece the Sixers should consider pursuing. Unlike LaVine, Anunoby brings a defensive ability that the Sixers would benefit from, especially come playoff time. With the Toronto Raptors struggling this season, it may be time for Anunoby to reunite with his former head coach and join him in Philadelphia.

3. The cost to acquire Zach Lavine far outweighs the benefits

As good as LaVine is, he has just a 36.8 career win percentage. He has not been involved in creating a winning culture at any point in his career. While much of this is not any fault of his own, Lavine would be in unfamiliar territory with the Sixers. How would he perform? Are his recent injuries cause for concern? How much would Philadpehia have to trade away in order to acquire LaVine? Frankly, there are more questions than answers regarding a potential Sixers-Bulls trade. This is why it is in the best interest of the Sixers to look elsewhere for trade partners, or roll with what they have.

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