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Report: Zach LaVine's First Choice is the Chicago Bulls

LaVine's teammates believe he wants to return to Chicago.
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Strap in, Chicago Bulls fans. It's still the summer of Zach LaVine. And if you are a LaVine fan, you'll be happy to hear that his first choice in free agency is (and has been) returning to the Bulls. According to our friend Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, LaVine's teammates have remained confident that the two-time NBA All-Star will remain in Chicago.

On Monday morning, the Bulls held a press conference to introduce Dalen Terry, whom the team selected with the 18th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Billy Donovan, Arturas Karnsiovas, and the rookie answered some questions regarding the draft, but the focus eventually shifted to LaVine.

Karnisovas has preached continuity. He wants to keep the core he built in Chicago intact. And it seems that LaVine shares the same desire.

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It's no secret the 27-year-old has desired a max contract, and he believes he is worth it. The Chicago Bulls' top brass believes it too, which is why LaVine was likely never leaving in the first place.

If the front office and his teammates are confident in his return, fans should be as well. Zach LaVine has become a star in Chicago -- one who has earned his likely future max contract and has gained the fan base's respect.

NBA free agency opens on Thursday, June 30. If all signs pointing to LaVine's return are accurate, the announcement of a max deal likely won't take long.