Zach LaVine is the Chicago Bulls biggest story of the offseason. After making a return to the playoffs, the Bulls are hoping to re-sign Zach LaVine to a lucrative deal and keep building towards winning an NBA championship.
General manager Marc Eversley expressed confidence that the Bulls will be able to retain the two-time All-Star guard in the post-draft press conference. Several reporters and experts expect LaVine to stay in Chicago.
“We’re prepared to do what it will take to bring Zach back in the fold and be a Chicago Bull,” Eversley said (h/t NBC Sports Chicago K.C. Johnson). “We look forward to sitting down with Zach and Rich Paul and talking about what the future will look like for Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls.”
The Bulls have the upper hand financially when LaVine become a free agent on June 30. A full, five-year maximum contract offer from Chicago would be worth $212 million, while a rival offer would be for four years and $157 million.
Bulls used the 18th pick of the 2022 NBA Draft to select Arizona wing Dalen Terry, who will offer size, athleticism and a bit of shooting from the guard/forward positions. LaVine could certainly help the promising Arizona product to blossom if he stays.
“Zach, two-time All-Star, he’s an Olympian, he’s been a terrific Chicago Bull thus far,” Eversley said. “It’s our every intention to bring him back. We’re excited about the opportunity to sit down and talk to him.” Eversley noted.
LaVine previously said he is going to approach free agency with “eyes wide open” with speculation around seeing what other teams have to offer rising during May. However, NBA teams with enough cap space to sign LaVine did not have playoff presence last season.
If a team with a limited cap space come for LaVine, they will need to agree with the Bulls via a sign-and-trade deal. The Bulls’ star has averaged at least 23.7 points per game every season since 2018-19.