LaVine had a great season, averaging 24.4 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.6 rebounds a game despite a knee injury that required surgery after the end of the season.
Obviously the Bulls wanted to keep him around but would he be stolen away by another team during free agency?
NBA All-Star Zach LaVine has agreed to a five-year, $215.2 million maximum contract to return to the Chicago Bulls, with a player option in Year 5, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2022
No, because the Bulls were able to work it out with LaVine to the sound of $215.2 million over five years.
The Bulls have been headed in the right direction lately and the extension of LaVine’s contract leaves many hoping the growth and success will continue.
Windy City Winning
Last season gave LaVine, who has been in the NBA since 2014, his first appearance in the postseason.
In those playoffs, he put up an average of 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6 assists.
There was a time during the season when the Bulls sat atop the Eastern Conference and many people pictured them going all the way to the Finals.
But a bunch of injuries and tough teams dashed those dreams as they struggled towards the end of the season and during the playoffs.
If they do and they keep playing as they have been, more wins are right around the corner.
The success they found last season surprised many people, including even the most devoted Chicago fans.
Now people are eager to see if they can keep building on that success and get better and better.
With LaVine on board for five more years, the likelihood of that happening is even higher.