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Breaking: Zach LaVine to make season debut vs. Pistons

Zach LaVine

The high-flying Zach LaVine is back.

After being out the entire year with a torn ACL in one of his knees, LaVine will play Saturday at home against the Detroit Pistons. The move was announced Tuesday by Chicago Bulls Vice President John Paxson in a press conference, per Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald.

Paxson also seemed to confirm that LaVine will be on a minutes restriction to start out.

This is wonderful news for the Bulls, who have had an up-and-down season thus far, but are starting to hit their stride of late. LaVine is a young player with lots of potential and he had improved as a shooter before getting hurt. Not to mention he’s good for at least one jaw-dropping highlight dunk per game.

LaVine has ramped up activity during practices in recent weeks, and said recently that he believes he can play “right now.”

Teammate Kris Dunn recently spoke of what he has seen from LaVine in the last few days, per CBS Sports.

“He’s doing windmills and between the legs,” Dunn said. “I think he’s good to go. I asked him if he was playing [Monday].”

LaVine has not played an NBA basketball game since Feb. 3, 2017. He will undoubtedly be rusty, and that’s probably why he will placed on that 20-minute restriction.

LaVine will add much-needed scoring to the Bulls, who feature a bevy of young players. LaVine is young as well, but he can come in right away and make an impact with this size, length and athleticism.