Bulls’ Zach LaVine Makes First Comments Since Trade Report

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Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine spoke to the media on November 15 about the trade report that came out on November 14.

Teams are probing the availability of LaVine and there’s been increased openness from the Bulls and LaVine about exploring a trade.

“That’s why I have representatives like Rich Paul. If he speaks on my behalf, that’s my agent. That’s who I obviously have my camp with. They talk to Artūras (Karnišovas) and them,” LaVine said. “My job is to go out here and play. Simple as that.”

LaVine is averaging 21.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists this season for the Bulls while shooting 40.9% from the floor, 30.9% from 3 and 87.9% from the free-throw line. He scored a career-high 51 points against the Detroit Pistons on October 28 in a loss.

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LaVine signed a five-year, $215.2 million contract with the Bulls in July 2022. The UCLA product has the same agent (Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group) as Los Angeles Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

“My camp talks to them all the time. It’s not like we’re not in a good relationship or a good talking space. We understand the business of basketball, I do more than most people. People talk. I’ve been in trade talks for a long time, so I understand the situation,” LaVine said. “But once news is always broken it’s a big thing. It’s not like it will be the first or the last time it’s going to happen with my name. As of right now I’m excited to still put this jersey on and go out here and play, try and get this win (Wednesday).”

The Lakers, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers are interested in acquiring LaVine from the Bulls, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

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“This is a business, man,” LaVine said. “We’ve dealt with a lot more than people talking in the media. There’s been a lot more than that. Obviously, there was some news in the media. But we’re grown men. We’re a professional business. We know how to handle that.”

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