Big things are happening for the Chicago Bulls.
First, the franchise decided to move on from the John Paxson/Gar Forman era, a move that most Bulls fans thought was a long time coming. Monday morning, the Bulls officially announced the firing of Forman, the reassignment of Paxson and the hiring of Arturas Karnisovas to run the show.
Then, Bulls star Zach LaVine got engaged:
LaVine and his fiancée, Hunter Mar, have been together for the better part of a decade. Congratulations to both of them for tying the knot:
Congratulations to Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and Hunter Mar on their engagement!
(Via @s_wiggs2/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/00q7DzVFyx
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) April 13, 2020
This is just the latest step in LaVine’s growth.
The 25-year-old was having a terrific 2019-20 campaign for the Bulls before the season was suspended. In 60 games, he averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He shot 45.0 percent from the floor, 38.0 percent from 3-point range and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line.
LaVine, who played his collegiate basketball at UCLA, was originally selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
He spent the first three seasons of his career with the Timberwolves, but midway through his third season, he suffered a torn ACL. That ensuing offseason, Minnesota traded LaVine to Chicago in a deal that sent Jimmy Butler to the Wolves.
Since then, LaVine has been an ascending talent. While he played in just 24 games during his first season with the Bulls due to the ACL recovery, he had a breakout year in 2018-19, registering 23.7 points, 4.7 boards and 4.5 assists a night while making 46.7 percent of his field goal attempts, 37.4 percent of his long-distance tries and 83.2 percent of his foul shots.
Of course, it would be nice if LaVine could stay healthy, as he has yet to play 70 games since his second season. But when he has been on the court, he has been impressive.
Next up after this engagement, LaVine will be playing Chicago Sky sharpshooter Allie Quigley in the semifinals of the NBA HORSE Challenge.