All Star guard Zach LaVine has underlined that this season is going to be extremely crucial for himself but also for the Chicago Bulls. LaVine didn't get an extension he was hoping for this summer, while the Bulls are hoping to end their four-year playoff drought.
"At the end of the day it's a business," LaVine told ESPN on Thursday. "They did what was best for the team and I will continue to go out there and do what's best for the team as well. This season going forward is going to be extremely crucial not just for me but for everybody.
Winning would take care of everything." The Bulls didn't sign LaVine to an extension but they signed DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. The moves made by the Bulls showed LaVine that they care about winning.
"It showed they're all in to win and we're transforming the team to be competitive," said LaVine, who has never played in the playoffs in seven seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Bulls. "We have a whole new team ...
we're going to hit the ground running. I was very happy with the offseason."
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"I can't control any of those narratives, any of those thoughts or opinions," LaVine said about what is sure to be a season of rumors.
"What I can control is what I do on the court. That's what I do best, I take care of business. I'll come into camp ready to be a good teammate and be a better leader every day and help my team win. I think that shows my value and I'll let my business part speak for itself when the time comes."
After not securing a deal with the Bulls this summer, LaVine fired his old agents and signed with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. "For me, it was more of a leadership part where I needed to go and align myself with a brand I really wanted to be with," LaVine said of the move.
"I just wanted to continue to grow my brand and Klutch aligned with me perfectly. I can't account for what other people's opinions might be. I made this decision for me and my family moving forward." Also, LaVine is excited about sharing the backcourt with Ball.
"He's one of the best passers in the game, one of the highest IQ players," LaVine said of Ball. "He gets up and down the court fast. I don't see how our games can't mesh."