Zach LaVine is expected to sign a new contract with the bulls shortly after free agency begins at 6 p.m. Eastern, according to NBC Sports Chicago’s KC Johnson. LaVine has let people know he plans to stay in Chicago, and his new contract will likely be a five-year maximum deal in the $215MM range, Johnson added.
After weeks of rumors that LaVine was willing to explore his options in the free agent market, the situation has cooled in recent days and a return to Chicago seemed imminent. General manager Marc Eversley said after last week’s draft the team will “do whatever it takes” to re-sign LaVine.
The 27-year-old guard has been an All-Star for the past two years. He suffered from knee problems this season but was still able to average 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 67 games.
There’s more from Chicago, all courtesy of Johnson:
- The Bulls belong to several teams that would be interested in adding Danilo Gallinari if he is waived by the tracks† The move is expected after San Antonio agreed on Wednesday to acquire Gallinari as part of the return of… Dejounte Murray† Johnson estimates Gallinari will get a two-year deal worth about $7-8MM per season and points out that Billy Donovan coached Gallinari with the Thunder.
- Chicago, which has been linked to several centers through trade and free trade rumours, is interested in signing Andre Drummond† Several other teams will also be pursuing Drummond, Johnson adds, but he should be available on the minimum salary of a veteran.
- Johnson says rumors the Bulls will try to sign Mohamed Bamba are “life-sustaining” and believe that reports relevant to Jazz Center’s trading Rudy Gobert were exaggerated. Another option could be to trade at San Antonio’s Jakob Poeltl if the Spurs continue to unload their veterans.
- It seems likely that third year guard Coby White will stay in Chicago. Johnson states that the Bulls listened to offers for White for the draft and asked for a young rotation player and a draft pick. White is one of Chicago’s best wingers, providing depth in the backcourt important for concerns about: Lonzo ball‘s knee.