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Bulls’ Zach LaVine Discusses New Deal With Chicago

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The Chicago Bulls have made an investment in Zach LaVine, and that investment has come under criticism from those who don’t believe that LaVine is worth the investment that the Bulls made in him when they matched the four-year, $80 million deal offer sheet LaVine received from the Sacramento Kings last week.

LaVine is happy to be in Chicago and is looking forward to a full season of action.

“I wanted to just deal with Chicago,” LaVine said, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. “I never wanted to get to a point of having [an offer sheet]. Regardless of whatever happened, I’m putting that behind us. I’m happy as hell that I’m going to be able to play for the team I wanted to play for.

“A lot of stuff with me, emotions or whatever it is, it can be taken out of context. I want to let that be known — I never had any bad will toward Chicago.  You guys are the first team to show interest in me from Minnesota, and I’m extremely happy to be back.”

LaVine is also confident that the deal he received was properly valuated, despite criticism to the contrary.

“I know what I’m worth,” LaVine said. “I put a lot of hard work into this. People are going to put their own opinion on things … or they try to judge you. But I came back last year.

“I knew what my market was even in a dropped market. I knew what I was going to be around. I’m glad that we finally got to come to a conclusion and both sides are happy with that.”

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Bulls’ Fred Hoiberg Upset with Team’s Defense, Everything Else

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Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg wasn’t too pleased with how his team played when they took the court to play the Milwaukee Bucks during preseason action.

“I was upset with everything,” Fred Hoiberg said, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.

“We weren’t getting back. We let our lack of shot-making affect our overall game as far as edge and effort. Our transition defense was not good, and we weren’t getting matched up coming back.”

“Luckily, it’s just preseason. It doesn’t count on our record,” Bulls forward Bobby Portis said. “But I think that moving forward we can use this as a lesson learned for the regular season and not have nights like this anymore.”

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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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