Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine have been All-Star teammates, but Thursday’s trade that brought the veteran center to Chicago has made them the nucleus of a Bulls team hoping to make some noise in the playoffs, writes KC Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. Vucevic believes that he and LaVine can eventually become an effective combination.
“He is a great player, and I have also heard a lot of good things about him off the pitch. I really want to meet you. On the court, I think our games fit together. “ Vucevic said. “A lot of the things that Zach likes to do, I can help him with that. You can help me with many things. I think our two man game can be very good. It will take us some time to get to know each other and develop that chemistry. But I think when you have two high caliber players and high IQ players who know how to play and play to win, I think it won’t take us long. “
There are more from Chicago:
- Al-Farouq Aminu, who was acquired from Orlando in the same deal, will bring a veteran presence to a young team, notes Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports. The 30-year-old forward, who joins his sixth team in an 11-year career, is ready to take on a leadership role. “Not everyone wants the voice to always come from the head coach or the coaches or whatever the case may be.” Aminu told reporters after target practice this morning. “At the end of the day, we guys. And we can explain to younger players what exactly needs to be done and how it should be done. “
- The Bulls revised their roster Thursday, adding five new players through trades. Everyone was available for tonight’s game except the former Celtics center. Daniel Theis, who is working out family issues and will join the team on Monday, according to Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times. Trainer Billy donovan he faces the challenge of trying to reshape his team for the past 29 games without much time to practice. “Obviously, you’re probably trying to cut down on a lot of playbook stuff, try to create some clarity on defense for those guys.” Donovan said. “… All those guys were probably in some kind of system or playing with very familiar faces, and that has suddenly changed, not just for them but for the guys that are here today. We have a lot to work on. ”
- The Bulls chose to hold on to Lauri markkanen, who is on his way to becoming restricted free agency this summer, and now has to prove he can fit into the new team, Cowley adds in another piece.