After five years with the Chicago Bulls, Zach LaVine is getting ready to spend another five in the Windy City. He signed a five-year max extension with his current team, reportedly worth a mind-blowing $215.2 million.
Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul shared the news with The Athletic’s Shams Charania, revealing that LaVine’s new contract includes a player option in the fifth year. He left the Minnesota Timberwolves to join the Bulls in 2017, for a reported sum of $78 million over four years.
NBA All-Star Zach LaVine has agreed to a five-year, $215.2 million maximum contract to return to the Chicago Bulls, with a player option in Year 5, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told @TheAthletic @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2022
LaVine made his very first playoff appearance with the Bulls this season, averaging 24.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in 67 games for the team. He was also named an NBA All-Star in 2021 and 2022, but the last season was pretty rocky for LaVine due to thumb and left knee injuries.
Earlier this year, LaVine said he’s looking forward to becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer because it’s going to be unlike anything he’s experienced before.
“Free agency is gonna be a big milestone for me. It’s my first time going into it really being [an] unrestricted free agent. I dealt with it being restricted before so it’s a whole new experience,” LaVine told Yahoo Sports back in February.