Zach LaVine fully committed to Bulls despite injury and trade speculation
Chicago Bulls star guard Zach LaVine will miss several weeks due to persistent inflammation in his right foot.
Amid his recovery, LaVine is dealing with lingering trade rumors that have only grown louder. Despite all that, the All-Star guard voiced he remains committed to the Bulls.
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“For everybody that knows me, I try to play through everything,” LaVine said at the team’s practice facility Thursday afternoon via ESPN. “This [injury] has nothing to do with anything off the court, and everything off the court is still very much speculation.
“It’s funny to me to see all the narratives that people run with. It is what it is. I go out there and put my heart on for Chicago whenever I put that jersey on. When I get back out there, I’ll continue to do that.”
LaVine last played on Nov. 28 against the Boston Celtics, where he scored just two points in 24 minutes before leaving the game early due to his foot injury.
He recently received PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection to help his recovery, but as soon as he increased his on-court activity, his foot became more irritated.
The Bulls are taking the precautionary route to avoid the injury from becoming a bigger issue. However, the trade talk chatter remains that began last month after LaVine voiced his frustration with the team’s lack of success.
The Bulls reportedly explored trade possibilities, but teams remain hesistant in pursuing a deal. As LaVine inches closer to a return, Chicago will likely re-engage the open market.