As the NBA playoffs continue to play out, some teams are starting to look towards the offseason.
In particular, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine’s name has been circulating around lately on where he should go and if the Bulls should sign him to a max contract.
Former Chicago Bear wide receiver and fan favorite Allen Robinson tweeted out today that if LaVine went to Dallas or Portland, it would be a really good fit.
However, some believe the Chicago Bulls should not give the two-time All-Star a max contract. ESPN NBA analyst Nick Friedell is one of those people.
“What has Zach LaVine ever done on a winning team that leads you to believe that this is a foundational piece that you need to give max money to and that you are going to be closer to a title?”– ESPN NBA Analyst Nick Friedell
To LaVine’s credit, this past season was the best team he has ever laced up for in his career. Even then, the team was faced with countless injuries and, at the end, was not the same team as it was at its peak.
This past season, LaVine still averaged 24.4 PPG, 4.5 APG, and 4.6 RPG. In addition, he helped the Bulls reach the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
The question still remains, should the Bulls re-sign LaVine?
Now, I’m afraid I have to disagree with Friedell’s statement. The sample size is too small to say something so bold, especially after how incredible the Bulls played this past season. Being the number two guy next to DeMar DeRozan, LaVine can still be highly productive. Adding DeRozan, who averaged 27.9 PPG, his points per game only dropped from 27.4 to 24.4.
On top of that, the Bulls cannot assemble such an electrifying team as the 2021-22 Bulls were and not want to run it back with the same guys. When healthy, this was one of the best teams in the NBA.
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