Zach LaVine is top target for Celtics?
Zach LaVine averaged a career-high 27.4 points per game last season for the Bulls. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Zach LaVine just might be going from one of the Eastern Conference’s most storied franchises to another.

Gary Washburn reported this weekend that the Chicago Bulls All-Star guard could be a potential target for the Boston Celtics in free agency. Washburn adds that LaVine could end up becoming the Celtics’ No. 1 target if Wizards star Bradley Beal chooses to stay in Washington.

LaVine, a first-time All-Star last season, will be entering the final season of his contract in 2021-22. He was eligible this summer for an extension with the Bulls, but Chicago decided to wait and upgrade its core around LaVine instead. Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and DeMar DeRozan were among the free agents who arrived in Chicago during the offseason.

As for the Celtics, their financial situation looks a little bit murky even after next season. They already have more than $100 million committed to the Jayson Tatum-Jaylen Brown-Al Horford-Marcus Smart quartet for 2022-23. LaVine, 26, is easily a max contract player, having posted a career-high 27.4 points per game last season. But if the Celtics can somehow find a way to accommodate him, rumors are that LaVine could be very available.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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