Zach LaVine's impending free agency has turned into a drama between the player, the Chicago Bulls, and many other franchises that are keeping tabs on his situation in Windy City. LaVine is a terrific player that always wanted to play in the playoffs. He finally got his wish granted this season after the Bulls assembled a nice team.
However, his tenure with the team could be coming to an end, as LaVine has given mixed signals about his future. Moreover, reports suggest that the Bulls aren't as confident as before that they'll get the player back. The Los Angeles Lakers have been named a possible destination for Zach, and his recent statements only make people speculate about a potential arrival in L.A.
It seems like things are falling apart for the Bulls, and people around the league are starting to blame Klutch Sports for this situation. The agency led by Rich Paul, who represents players like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Draymond Green, Trae Young and Lonzo Ball, has been accused of causing this drama between LaVine and the Chicago Bulls:
“A lot of this is coming from the agents, where they want to not only get him paid but raise his profile at the same time,” one league source told Sean Deveney of Heavy. “That is their M.O. The more drama in the process, the better. No one was talking about Zach. Now everyone is. Mission accomplished.”
“It is still Zach’s team,” the source told Deveney. “Klutch just wants to make sure everyone knows it.”
Klutch Sports have been under fire recently, especially with the way they handled the Ben Simmons saga in Philadelphia. Rich Paul and co. have earned a reputation around the league and even if they're not pulling any string behind the scenes, people are already putting the blame on them. Zach has been linked with other NBA franchises in recent days, but the Lakers now look like a strong candidate to acquire his services. How that will happen? It's unclear, but don't be surprised if the Purple and Gold somehow pull this off.