NBA Rumors: Zach LaVine ‘Most Likely’ Player For Minnesota Timberwolves To Trade

Ernie Howell

NBA rumors continue to swirl around Zach LaVine leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves in a possible trade deal for a veteran player, multiple media outlets have indicated.

In fact, some league sources expect Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau will trade Zach LaVine for a veteran player to boost his team's lineup, according to NBA.com. Zach LaVine brings enough to the table to entice other NBA franchises to take a chance on developing this athlete's skills, one league analyst explained in the article.

" LaVine's crazy athleticism and upside could make him the most likely one to move. Truth is, [Tom Thibodeau would] likely be open to trading anybody but Karl-Anthony Towns or Andrew Wiggins in order to bring in a veteran who can stabilize the lineup and teach it lessons."

The reason Zach LaVine is drawing so much focus is the player's improvement from his rookie season to today, Fansided explained using advanced metrics. With Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio and Karl-Anthony Towns dominating minutes for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Zach LaVine may flourish as a trade would send the UCLA prodigy away from the defensive-minded Tom Thibodeau.

Zach LaVine may have earned a spot in Tom Thibodeau's dog house -- and his ticket out of Minnesota -- as the high-flying guard continues to put his rim-rocking talents to the test during games. Recently, Zach LaVine landed a dunk over Phoenix Suns center Alex Len that made numerous highlight reels and drew praise for its intensity.

"I don't get excited about stuff like that. I get excited about stuff that wins… I hope we can get to the point where we're talking about the things that go into winning, and get away from the sideshows."
"It's one thing to entertain crowds and win Dunk Contests. It's quite another to make coach Tom Thibodeau happy by delivering consistently."

The Minnesota Timberwolves aren't the only team with a losing record looking to shake up their roster. NBA rumors have suggested the Washington Wizards are looking to trade up to six of their players in order to turn around the team's fortunes.

Do you believe the NBA rumors that the Minnesota Timberwolves will trade Zach LaVine in their quest to find a veteran leader? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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