3) Philadelphia 76ers
The Sixers are in prime position to pursue another star after the James Harden trade netted them two firsts, a pick swap, and two second-round picks, in addition to three expiring contracts. Those assets make it much easier for the Sixers to trade for LaVine, and they could offer Tobias Harris, a Los Angeles Clippers 2026 first, and a Clippers 2029 first (top 10 protected).
Harris is on a big expiring contract that could allow the Bulls to take back another team's long-term contract in exchange for more assets. Or, they can have him play out his contract and save themselves around $140 million over the next three seasons by moving LaVine's deal. That would be plenty of financial incentive, and the two Clippers picks may be enough for them to agree to a deal with the Sixers.
For the Sixers, who have been preserving cap space for next summer, trading for LaVine now would ensure that they add a star rather than risk coming up empty-handed in free agency. It would also help boost their chances of winning the Eastern Conference after an encouraging start.