All-Star Zach LaVine reportedly doesn't want to leave Bulls
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All-Star guard Zach LaVine reportedly doesn't want to leave Bulls

The Chicago Bulls' aggressive roster retooling over the past sixth months just might have been enough to convince Zach LaVine to stick around. 

ESPN Chicago radio personality David Kaplan (h/t Clutch Points) said he heard from sources that the All-Star guard, who will soon be a free agent, wants to stay in Chicago.

"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.'"

While LaVine might be willing to stick around now, his feelings could change based on Chicago's performance during the 2021-22 campaign. The Bulls finished 11th in the Eastern Conference last season with a 31-41 record. They'll likely have to make a significant leap to keep LaVine around. 

LaVine has avoided signing an extension with the Bulls because the most they could offer was four years and $104.8 million. As a free agent next summer, he can re-sign with Chicago for five years and $201 million. 

At this point, there's no telling what LaVine might do. The 26-year-old could re-sign with the Bulls next summer and remain the face of the franchise. However, the free-agent market could be quite dry at that point, meaning LaVine could be one of the most sought-after players available. 

Rumors will continue to fly until LaVine puts pen to paper on a new deal. So, for now, all fans can do is wait and see what happens. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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