Bulls news: Wendell Carter Jr. sees Zach LaVine becoming Chicago's 'franchise player'
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Wendell Carter Jr. sees Zach LaVine becoming Bulls’ ‘franchise player’

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Chicago Bulls second-year big man Wendell Carter Jr. is fully on board the Zach LaVine hype train.

Carter says LaVine has everything it takes to become Chicago’s franchise player.

“I definitely can see him becoming that franchise player for the Chicago Bulls and in any way I can help him in growing as that player, I try to,” Carter said, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN.

LaVine is averaging 22.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game on the season for the Bulls, who are 7-14. The high-flyer is shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 41.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Bulls signed LaVine to a four-year, $78 million deal in the summer of 2018. Zach is making $19.5 million this season.

Before the season started, the Bulls were expected to compete for a playoff spot in the East. Entering Wednesday, Chicago is 2.5 games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.

LaVine is the most talented scorer on the Bulls. If he wants to earn that “franchise” label that Carter is talking about, the two-time Slam Dunk champion has to become a two-way player and play better defense while also leading Chicago to more wins moving forward.