Zach LaVine Has Reportedly Told Teammates That the Bulls Are His “First Choice” in Free Agency

Chicago Bulls Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan
Chicago Bulls Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan

With free agency only days away, all signs continue to point toward Zach LaVine shaking hands with Arturas Karnisovas in agreement of a new deal to keep him in Chicago.

Multiple recent reports have connected LaVine back to Chicago after a flurry of early-offseason speculation to the contrary. And, most recently, General Manager Marc Eversley made clear the organization has “every intention” to bring the two-time All-Star back into the fold.

Now, thanks to the Chicago Sun-Times, we know LaVine’s teammates fully expect a deal to get done, as well:

“[Conversations] already have [started] amongst LaVine’s teammates, who remained confident that he would be re-signing with the Bulls, according to a source,” wrote Joe Cowley.

“That doesn’t mean LaVine won’t go through the process of listening to other teams and being wined and dined, but in conversations with teammates recently LaVine has insisted the Bulls were his first choice.”

While this doesn’t directly state that LaVine plans to accept the Bulls’ offer immediately, it does strengthen the argument that we shouldn’t see any curveballs thrown when free agency opens at 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday.

Considering LaVine’s decision would have a massive impact on the success of the franchise next season, it comes as no surprise that his teammates could be badgering him for an answer. And I have to imagine he wouldn’t put his colleagues in an awkward position by lying to them about his intentions.

After all, LaVine played a pivotal role in recruiting talent like Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan to join the organization in the first place. Leaving them in the dust one season after that would be quite the shocking decision.

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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