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Bulls’ Zach LaVine May Not Return Until January

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The Chicago Bulls may be without Zach LaVine for far longer than they initially expected him to be out of action.

LaVine appears likely to return from his ACL injury in January rather than December, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune and Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times.

“The big thing is he needs to string together a good 10 days of practice to where he’s not going every other day,” Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said of LaVine.

“I would say the next 10 days is not going to happen. He’s still going to be on the every other day program at least for another 10 days to two weeks, and then we’ll take it from there as far as getting him consecutive-day workouts, and then get him back shortly after that.”

When LaVine does make his official debut with Chicago, he will start off by playing about 12 to 18 minutes per night, Hoiberg said.

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Bulls, Pacers Interested In Jahlil Okafor

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Jahlil Okafor has struggled to stay on the court after an impressive rookie season, and he will be looking for a new home after the Brooklyn Nets are unlikely to bring him back next season, according to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney.

Okafor worked out for teams while in Las Vegas and is generating interest from the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers.

Okafor has trimmed down, going from 275 pounds to 258 pounds.

 

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Bulls’ Kris Dunn Was ‘Offended’ By Questions of Work Ethic

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Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn hasn’t really capitalized on his potential and the Bulls are hoping that his second season in the Windy City will be much better than his first.

Dunn has been no stranger to criticism, and admits that he was “offended” over questions about his work ethic.

“I was definitely offended by it. My dad worked hard in life” Dunn said, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Shannon Ryan. “My brothers and sisters and me (took) hard work very seriously. It is the only way to succeed.”

Dunn won’t let the talk bother him and is looking forward to getting back to work and improving his game.

“You don’t get too caught up in it. You just keep doing what you do best. I know I work hard. I don’t have to prove it to anybody. I just have to show it on the court. I have no answers for (why the rumors originated). Whoever put it out there, that’s how they felt. Questioning my work ethic? That’s just (not valid). I work hard. If I’m not working, I’m around my family. Absolutely nothing (has changed about workouts or preparation).”

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Bulls, Jabari Parker Agree To Two-Year Deal, Bucks Rescind Offer

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The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a two-year, $40 million contract with Jabari Parker, who was a restricted free agent up until the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their offer, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Parker averaged  12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Bucks last season, after he returned from an ACL tear in February.

Milwaukee allowed Parker and his agent to work out a deal with his hometown Bulls.

The Bucks commented on their decision to rescind Parker’s offer, via the Chicago Tribune’s Malika Andrews.

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