We can all now put the speculation to rest. The Chicago Bulls have signed Zach LaVine to a five-year, $215.2 million max contract that includes a player option for the final season of the deal. LaVine is the first Chicago Bull to get a max contract since Derrick Rose signed his extension back in 2011-12.
LaVine was the focal point of the Jimmy Butler trade during the 2017 NBA Draft. He has shown growth in all five of his years with the Bulls. The UCLA product has become a two-time NBA All-Star, an Olympic Gold Medalist, and helped the Bulls reach the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
When approached with questions regarding LaVine’s future, the Bulls front office kept the same energy throughout. Both Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley echoed each other by saying they wanted him to be in Chicago long-term. Well, today is the day they made it happen.
Reuniting Zach LaVine with the capable core assembled by the front office is paramount to the Chicago Bulls’ potential future success. If they can all stay healthy, the Bulls’ brass believe the team they built can compete for an NBA title. Now that LaVine has re-signed, all the speculation can stop and the team can work toward reaching their ultimate goal.
LaVine’s deal won’t become official until July 6.
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