Zach LaVine reportedly not ‘seeing eye-to-eye’ with Bulls front office, DeMar DeRozan amid struggles

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Apparently, things aren’t going well inside the Chicago Bulls’ locker room.

It’s not just that the Bulls aren’t winning. Chicago is just 11-18 so far this season, a disappointing start for a team many expected would make significant noise in the Eastern Conference, has lost four straight headed into Tuesday’s game against the Miami Heat.

It’s that now stars Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan According to reports, they do not get along very well.

According to DeRozan, LaVine had several face-to-face meetings with LaVine, as well as full team meetings, in an attempt to resolve their problems over the past few days and weeks. . Though the two still “maintain a good personal relationship,” tensions are growing as the Bulls keep losing.

It’s not just DeRozan that LaVine is reportedly having issues with, either. LaVine, who is in the first year of a five-year, $215 million contract, is not “seeing eye-to-eye” with the organization.

“There’s a certain level of frustration in people trying to figure out what we can do to help right the ship,” LaVine Tuesday. “I think with the players that we have, we try to put it on each other to right the ship. There are those types of guys that have been the number one option on a team before we come together. It’s not going to take one person. It’s going to take all of us as a unit. I think that’s what guys are trying to figure out how to help the group.”

Will LaVine be moved by the Bulls?

LaVine averaged 21.8 points and 4.4 rebounds this season. He also had 4.1 assists. His scoring output is the lowest since LaVine arrived in Chicago from Minneapolis.

The Bulls could have been very good in this season’s playoffs. The Bulls reached the playoffs for the first year in five seasons last year thanks to Nikola Vucevic and LaVine. Yet they’ve been anything but, and point guard Lonzo Ball Still recovering from a serious knee injury. He hasn’t played for nearly a year, and his return feels anything but imminent.

If LaVine isn’t “seeing eye-to-eye” with the Bulls front office, that’s a significant issue. He’s been dealing with minor knee injuries throughout the season so far following offseason surgery, and he During a match.

While his play hasn’t been great, LaVine insisted that his struggles don’t have anything to do with expectations with his max deal.

“It hasn’t weighed (on) anything for me. I don’t understand how that gets put into context,” LaVine . “Just because you sign a deal, it’s supposed to be added weight to it? I think there’s added weight each time you step on the court if you don’t perform or you don’t play the right way. But everybody’s open to their own opinion.

“I’ve been improving each and every day I’ve been coming off an injury. If you’re losing, you don’t see that. Obviously, it’s frustrating when you are losing and they’re all these other narratives coming out. It’s not coming from us. It’s coming from outside sources. It’s just what you’ve got to deal with. It is part of the territory. That is something I can understand. That is what I believe the team gets. It doesn’t bug me. I think it’s something that just comes with it.”

The contract does not allow for him to be moved, so he will have to wait until the end. Another team would have to be willing to pay the 27-year-old an average of $43 million a season through 2026-27 — which is a lot to ask, especially considering his recent play and past injury history.

For now, there’s one easy way out of this for LaVine and Chicago.

Start winning.

“We’ve got to get out of the mindset of worrying about scoring and how it’s going offensively and realize the ball scores,” Donovaon said, . “And if the ball’s moved and passed whoever scores, scores … When we get the mentality that, ‘I feel like I’m doing it for him. And I’m going to do it for him, and I’m going to do it for him. And I’m not letting the guy I’m out there with down.”

According to reports, Bulls players have had several team meetings. These included one-on-one sessions with Zach LaVine or DeMar DeRozan in an attempt to fix their problems. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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