Very courted on the market, will Zach LaVine leave Chicago? We may well have a definitive answer to this question now, because the player would have decided on his future. The franchise he has chosen will be absolutely delighted!
More than 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists on average, 38% success behind the arc and an All-Star Game selection: Zach LaVine is clearly coming out of a good 2021-22 exercise, marred only by a few injuries. Between that and the success of the Bulls who returned to the playoffs, his rating continued to climb and the rear was one of the major issues to follow in the coming offseason.
Because it’s a fact, the NBA franchises have been jostling at the gate of that of Illinois for several weeks, the Blazers being particularly very warm at the idea of associating him with Damian Lillard. Even Dallas and the Lakers would be in line to acquire his services, although the Purples and Golds seem somewhat eclipsed in this arms race. In other words, the options were not lacking in the event of the departure of the athlete.
Nevertheless, even if the interest in this subject is therefore very high, it would seem that the conclusion of this file will be extremely disappointing for all the teams concerned. Indeed, as revealed by Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Chicago does not expect to see its star set sail. Indeed, the Illinois squad enjoys a considerable advantage over the others, namely that it ticks many more criteria in the eyes of the person concerned:
Zach LaVine will stay with the Bulls
Of the teams in play for LaVine, only San Antonio could offer a clear roster centerpiece opportunity, and the Spurs are considered far from regular playoff contender status, which LaVine prefers. This led to skepticism from rival executives that LaVine ever wanted to consider options outside of Chicago.
Bad luck for the Texans, of which an All-Star had teased the arrival of ZLV a few weeks ago, they are not able to offer guarantees of success to the player. As for the competition, no one would be able to meet the quite numerous demands of the former T-Wolves and he would have quickly realized that. Therefore, a departure from Chi-Town would not have been on the table for a while, according to the rival front offices.
As a result, local fans will have the joy of seeing the duo he forms with DeMar DeRozan being renewed from next September. The beginnings were promising, it now remains to clearly define the hierarchy as well as the distribution of the shots. His teammate having been quite injured this year, DMDR took the opportunity to take the lead, but not sure that the crazy dunker is ready for it to last long.
Rather than leaving the Bulls, Zach LaVine will finally stay a little longer in Illinois. No other franchise can really offer him what he wants, so stick with a squad that pleasantly surprised in the regular season.