Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine opens on testing free agency, desire to get paid

LaVine set to be unrestricted free agent this offsason.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine opens on testing free agency, desire to get paid

Zach LaVine hasn't ruled out the possibility of signing a long-term extension with the Chicago Bulls, but he left the door open for joining another team this offseason. For the first time in his career, LaVine is set to be an unrestricted free agent, meaning he gets to choose for which team he wants to play.

"I plan to enjoy free agency. We're going to have to experience A through Z without making any fast decisions. I think that's something me and [agent Rich Paul] are going to go through and experience," LaVine said, per AP. LaVine, who has been with the Bulls since 2017, admitted he loves Chicago but noted he has to "make a business decision." "You guys have been a really, really soft spot in my heart," he said.

"I have to do this as a business decision, as a man, to not just be viewed one way and be like I'm automatically coming back or I'm automatically leaving."

LaVine wants to get paid

The Bulls can offer LaVine a five-year, max deal worth around $210 million.

However, LaVine might be seeking a bigger compensation than that. "I think it's important to me you get paid what you're valued at," he said. "I see myself as a top guy in this league. I think I've proven that over the last four years." The Bulls sat at No.

1 of the Eastern Conference at one point of the season. Their form dropped after the All-Star break and they lost 4-1 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. "I don't think Rome was built in a year," LaVine said. "I don't think you can be a championship-caliber team right off the bat.

Maybe some teams are. But it's tough. It's the first time a lot of us made the playoffs. I think it was a really good experience. And not all of us got to really play together due to circumstances of COVID and injury. I definitely think this is a good team and has the potential to be a championship-caliber team."

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