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Thaddeus Young wants to help Bulls star Zach LaVine make All-Star team

Bulls, Zach Lavine

The Chicago Bulls signed forward Thaddeus Young to a three-year, $41 million deal this offseason in hopes that the veteran would help Chicago’s young core mature and develop.

Now, Young is already saying encouraging things that will make Bulls fans hopeful that this signing could pay dividends for quite a while. The 13-year vet claimed that he recognizes that guard Zach LaVine will be the main player on the team and his goal is to get him to the All-Star Game.

The Bulls posted a horrendous 22-60 record last season, which was the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference. Their youth and inexperience showed, as they frequently lost large leads and were out of the game by the start of the fourth quarter.

With the addition of Young, the team looks like they are on the path back to relevancy. LaVine looks primed to take the next step in the NBA. Last year, he put up the best numbers of his career, averaging  23.7 points, 4.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. If he can stay healthy, it’s not a long shot to see him pulling out a spot on an All-Star roster.

With the departure of Kawhi Leonard, it appears as if the bottom four seeds of the East are up for grabs. Perhaps Young, LaVine, and a young Bulls core can pull this team up to grab a playoff spot next season.