The Chicago Bulls have been perennially mediocre throughout Zach LaVine’s three-year stint with the team. There’s good reason to think they’ll be much better next season.

The Bulls’ offseason overhaul couldn’t have come at a better time, as Zach LaVine is on the final year of his contract with an extension yet to be signed. But if it were up to LaVine himself, he’s reportedly all-in on staying in the Windy City. That’s according to ESPN Chicago radio analyst David Kaplan, who’s heard from sources that the All-Star doesn’t want to go anywhere.

Via ESPN 1000 FM:

“He has told people that I know: ‘Hey man, if they want me here, I’m not going anywhere. I’m building this thing. I’m the first guy in the door. I wanna be part of this.'”

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Making some noise this season will go a long way in making Zach LaVine stay in Chicago. They have all the pieces to do just that, too. DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic may not be in the upper echelon of , but they’re proven scorers who together with LaVine can turn the Bulls into a potent offensive squad.

The Chicago Bulls have the talent to shock the league next season. Zach LaVine wants to be right in the middle of it.