Zach LaVine is expected to be one of the biggest names in free agency this summer. As it turns out, however, it doesn't sound like the Chicago Bulls are going to even let him get a whiff of the frenzy that is brought about by free agency.
According to ESPN's NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, we should all expect LaVine and the Bulls to close out a deal as soon as free agency opens:
“You can expect at 6 p.m. when Zach LaVine and the Bulls sit down together, they're gonna move quickly to hammer out a long-term max contract,” Woj said on SportsCenter (h/t Doric Sam of Bleacher Report). “Expect him to be back in Chicago.”
The Bulls clearly aren't messing around with LaVine here, and it seems that an agreement is already in place — at least one of the verbal nature. Reports suggest that LaVine is going to fetch a max deal that will be in the region of $200 million for five years.
There has been a lot of interest in LaVine, with several teams hoping to try and lure the All-Star to their city. With Woj's latest report here, it appears that these other teams won't even get a chance.