Zach LaVine, Bulls

Zach LaVine’s season comes to an end due to foot injury

Chicago Bulls star guard Zach LaVine’s injury-plagued season came to an end after requiring surgery to repair his right foot.

LaVine will undergo a procedure that will keep him off the court for the next four to six months. Head coach Bily Donovan stated that it was the All-Star guard’s decision to go through with surgery.

“He made a decision he felt was best for his health,” Donovan said before Saturday’s game against the Kings via ESPN. “I really feel like he did everything he could to try to get himself back to playing.

“The discomfort in his foot was at at place where I think he didn’t feel like he had any chance to be himself. That was the really frustrating part of it.”

LaVine had been sidelined since Jan. 18 after spraining his right ankle. The injury healed but he continued to experience additional discomfort in his foot.

In 25 games played, he averaged 19.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting from the floor along with 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Before the injuries overtook the season, LaVine was engulfed in trade rumors.

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He didn’t shoot down the possibility of a move but voiced a desire to continue playing for the Bulls. LaVine is in the second year of his five-year, $215.1 million deal that he signed in July 2022.

He holds a $48.9 million player option for the final year of his contract. The trade rumor mill could heat up on his front over the offseason if the Bulls head into a rebuild.

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