Zach LaVine of Bulls May Return from Foot Injury Next Week, Possibly Play Friday vs Hornets

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, who has been out due to a right foot injury, could possibly return within the next week, potentially playing in Friday’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets.
‣ LaVine has been practicing with the Windy City Bulls, Chicago’s G League affiliate, and has reportedly been responding well with no setbacks.
‣ Despite trade rumors involving LaVine, Bulls coach Billy Donovan hopes that LaVine will remain focused on helping the team. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 8.

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Zach LaVine, the guard for the Chicago Bulls, could be back on the court within the next week. He’s been out for the past 15 games due to a right foot injury.

Billy Donovan, the Bulls coach, gave an update on Tuesday. He said that the two-time All-Star is on the mend. LaVine, who’s 28, could even play in Friday’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets.

The exact date of LaVine’s return isn’t certain yet. But Donovan expressed optimism before Tuesday night’s road game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He said, “The way he’s progressing right now and the fact that he’s in full-fledged contact, [it’s] very, very positive.”

Donovan isn’t sure about the medical team’s requirements regarding LaVine’s game load. But he’s confident about how well LaVine has handled the recovery process.

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Donovan mentioned that LaVine had no setbacks during workouts with Chicago’s G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls. He’s expected to have another workout with the club on Wednesday.

Donovan was positive about LaVine’s progress. He said, “Very, very good. So far, he practiced with those guys yesterday and then again today and all the reports I got is that it went very, very well. He responded well coming back in this morning, and we’ll see how he responds tomorrow.”

Since LaVine’s injury, the Bulls have gone 10-5 in their last 15 games. Before his injury, in 18 starts this season, LaVine was averaging 21 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 35.3 minutes per game.

He was also shooting 44.3% from the field, a career-low 33.6% beyond the arc, and 86.6% at the foul line. LaVine’s name has been mentioned in a number of trade rumors in the last few months.

Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat are reportedly interested in the UCLA product.

LaVine, a 10-year veteran, is owed $129 million over the next three seasons. He’s earning $40.06 million this season and $43.03 million in 2024-25. His deal carries a 2026-27 player option worth $48.9 million as well.

Regarding the trade rumors, Donovan hopes Zach LaVine will remain focused on helping the Bulls. He said, “I think he sees how we’re playing, what we’re doing, and I think that the thing that he’d want to do is come in and contribute and enhance that and make it better.”

Donovan believes that LaVine wants to help the group as much as he can. He said, “I think I’ve said this before, I don’t think it’s necessarily so much that he has to change his game. It’s what he does really, really well, can he bring that to the table for us?”

How well LaVine plays in his return might make a difference in whether or not a trade occurs. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 8.

James Shotwell
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