The Chicago Bulls are 4-0, and there's no question that the offseason moves that they made have been paying off so far. The DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball acquisitions in the offseason infused some more talent into the roster, and the early returns have been very promising.
One of the questions surrounding the Bulls even with their good start is the future of Zach LaVine. LaVine is in the last year of his deal with the Chicago Bulls, and there has been some speculation about whether or not he will end up extending with the Chicago Bulls.
When speaking to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Bulls reporter K. C. Johnson has revealed that "every indication" he's been given from Zach LaVine's party and the franchise has suggested that "this is a match made to move forward together".
I’d say every indication I’ve been given both internally from his side and the organization is this is a match made to move forward together. I don’t think you expend the draft capital this regime has doled out in the Vucevic trade and the DeRozan acquisition without doing everything in your power to appease your No. 1 player and to try and win now. We know the Bulls have the ability to pay him more than any other franchise. There’s also not a lot of cap space out there this summer. With the funky situations with Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving, are there some All-NBA spots up for grabs in the backcourt in the league? If he earns that distinction, he’s super-max eligible. There are a million reasons why I think he’s going to be here long-term. He has really embraced being the face of the franchise ever since the Jimmy Butler trade, even when they were bad.
Zach LaVine's high-octane scoring is key to the Bulls having success. As mentioned by Johnson, the Chicago Bulls have spent a lot of draft picks in order to build a competitive team around Zach LaVine, and they also have the ability to outbid other franchises who may be interested. It has been abundantly clear that the Bulls have made good moves to improve, and it makes sense that Zach LaVine would want to stay.
For what it's worth, Zach LaVine has previously stated that he wants to get an extension done with the Chicago Bulls, even if it wasn't done this past offseason. Hopefully, we see that happen in the future, and perhaps a winning season will make sure that LaVine stays in Chicago.