Bulls’ Zach LaVine would like some say in roster decisions ahead of trade deadline
Zach LaVine is only 24 years old and two full seasons into his stint with the Chicago Bulls. While many have questioned if he’s an All-Star worthy candidate, he is the biggest star the team has in its roster, one that could come with added power to make some personnel decisions in the near future.
It’s isn’t necessarily a task he’s looking forward to get, but if the Bulls brass came calling, he wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to give some input on future acquisitions.
‘‘I mean, if they come to me and let me know, I think it would be great,’’ LaVine said when he was asked if he would like that type of relationship with the front office, according to Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times. ‘‘If not, I’m not taking offense to it, either. It’s not something that I’m asking for.
‘‘I know what I stand for. I’m trying to help us get there, and I don’t think you can question what my intentions are.’’
LaVine doesn’t have the same type of star power that a LeBron James, James Harden, or even Giannis Antetokounmpo has with their respective front offices, but he is the team’s leading scorer and perhaps the building stone for this franchise. His opinion should count for something and at least be taken into consideration if the Bulls consider him a long-term pillar for the franchise.
Chicago could move players like the newly-acquired Thaddeus Young and soon-to-be restricted free agent Denzel Valentine in the next couple of weeks, but who they bring back must be able to help LaVine and the Bulls progress as a team, otherwise, it’s just salaries being moved pointlessly.