Zach LaVine's impending restricted free agency presents a pivotal choice for the Chicago Bulls, who took a flyer on an injured star with hopes of having a solid piece to build their franchise around. The organization has been empirically unanimous that a deal between both sides will get done, but the Washington native could be in line for a max contract, yet kept a poker face when asked his worth.

“There are things you work for,” LaVine answered diplomatically, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. “Max players are top of the line. There are a lot of dudes in the NBA who haven’t been top of the line because of money situations or the cap is bigger or a weird offseason.

“You are what you’re worth. Obviously, you can’t say no to getting one. I see myself being an elite player in this league. I’m going to work for that every day until I get there.”

Since his return from injury, his play has left more to be desired, posting 16.7 points on 38.3 percent shooting from the floor and 34.1 percent from deep — both down from last season.

While he has played limited minutes upon a season-ending surgery, numbers always play a factor in negotiations — but not enough of a factor to keep LaVine worried.

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“There’s a lot that goes into it,” LaVine said. “The agency and front office, they’re both trying to get the better of each (other), but I think this situation is a little bit different because there’s mutual respect on both sides and understanding. There’s no bad blood between us, so I think everything will go smoothly.”

Asked if there was any stress with only a few games left before the end of a rebuilding season, the UCLA product didn't flinch.

“I’m not stressed at all. Whatever the number is or terms they’re going to come to, it will happen. That’s why I have great agents. And we have respect, communication and understanding with the front office (so) we’ll let that work itself out.

“I can’t let it get to me. It’s not going to. I have to prepare myself for next year and be ready to take on a bigger role and help the team get better.”