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Zach LaVine officially signs new deal with the Bulls

Zach LaVine is now officially with the Chicago Bulls – again. Malika Andrews of the Chicago Tribune has photographic evidence of that, as she posted a satisfied-looking LaVine while signing his new deal with the Bulls.

LaVine nearly became an ex-Bulls player after he signed an offer sheet from the Sacramento Kings. Not to be outdone, Chicago matched Sacramento’s offer to the then restricted free agent, thus keeping LaVine in Windy City. For the record, the contract LaVine inked with the Bulls stretches for four years and would earn him $78 million over that span.

LaVine was traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves last year to Chicago along with Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen in exchange for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton.

The former UCLA Bruins hotshot was not able to play right away for Chicago, as he began the 2017-18 season recuperating from a torn ACL injury. Any worries about LaVine losing some of his speed and his explosiveness due to the said injury were immediately snuffed out by the guard himself, when he returned to action and played 24 games for the Bulls, during which he averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 27.3 minutes.

Those numbers were enough for the Kings and the Bulls to dig deep in their pockets to show LaVine the money.

Hopefully, for Chicago, LaVine, who is still only 23-years-old, can carry over his late upswing in the 2017-18 season into the next one.

LaVine is currently projected to start in the team’s backcourt alongside Dunn.