Fresh off a busy trade deadline that included the acquisition of All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, the All-Star of the other Chicago Bulls is in the headlines for two reasons. Clearly excited by the moves the front office made on the trade deadline, Zach LaVine expressed his desire to stay in Chicago for the long haul.
After this season, LaVine has only one year left on the four-year, $ 78 million contract he signed in 2018. At the time, the Sacramento Kings were the team that actually signed him to that deal. However, as a restricted free agent, the Bulls had the right to even the deal, and they did. Looking back, the Bulls landed LaVine with a contract steal, so the first All-Star is likely to seek a significant salary increase in 2022.
Vucevic Move shows its commitment to win
The fact that LaVine has expressly pointed out that Vucevic’s move means Chicago will be more attractive to other free agents is key here. LaVine wants to win. He has never experienced meaningful, winning basketball in the NBA, and he is entering his prime. It would be justifiable if LaVine wanted to make a move toward a team better prepared to win now, when he reaches unrestricted free agency for the first time. Instead, the front office that acquired Vucevic means the Bulls are one of those teams that can attract a free agent with serious competitive aspirations. As a result, LaVine’s interest in staying soared.
Seeing LaVine and Vucevic together might have to wait
Meanwhile, news also came in that LaVine is dealing with a sprained right ankle. It’s questionable for Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.
As excited as fans must have been to see LaVine and Vucevic take the floor together, they may have to wait. LaVine’s sprained ankle doesn’t sound serious, but it still means he could be sitting Saturday as a precaution. Fear not, Bulls fans; Whether it’s Saturday in San Antonio or Monday against the Golden State Warriors, you’ll see the two Chicago All-Stars together on the court in the near future. And from the sound of things, you might see LaVine wearing a Bulls uniform for years to come.