Zach LaVine‘s decision to have knee surgery in the offseason shows his commitment to the game and the Bulls, according to NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson. LaVine’s decision to play through his knee injury this season with Chicago heading to the playoffs proved how much he wanted to experience the postseason for himself and give his teammates a chance to do the same. He’ll still get paid this summer in unrestricted free agency, likely a maximum deal, Johnson adds.
We have more on the Central Division:
- The Pacers will host a pre-draft workout for six prospects on Friday, including Michigan forward Moussa Diabate, according to Pacers.com. Utah Valley center Fardaws Aimaq, USC guard Boogie Ellis, Saint Joseph’s guard Jordan Hall, Davidson forward Hyunjung Lee and Memphis forward Josh Minott will be the other participants.
- Coby White‘s situation with the Bulls will be worth watching closely this offseason, according to Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago. If the team’s front office decides not to pursue extension talks with White, he could be one of their main trade pieces. White, who ended the season in a shooting slump, will be a restricted free agent next offseason if he’s not signed to an extension.
- If the Pistons don’t move up in the lottery, they could wind up trading their pick, James Edwards III of The Athletic speculates. If a young All-Star guard likes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Donovan Mitchell is made available, the Pistons would listen. However, if they can draft a top prospect like Chet Holmgren or Jabari Smith, they’ll keep the pick, Edwards adds.