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Zach LaVine | Guard | #8

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/10/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 208
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (13) / MIN
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The Bulls hope that Zach LaVine (knee) can start going through hard back-to-back practices within the next week, and he'll do that for roughly 10-14 days before being cleared to return.
LaVine is targeting a return to the court sometime in early-January, but you can bet he'll have plenty of restrictions early on that will weigh down his fantasy value. He's still worth owning if you've got an open IR-spot, but it's harder to justify stashing him if that's not the case and you've got a shallow bench. Dec 11 - 6:57 PM

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The Bulls assigned Zach LaVine to the Windy City Bulls.

It's likely just to get a practice in for the dunk champ. Coach Fred Hoiberg has said the plan is for LaVine to not play in G League games, and he's still expected to come back next month. The Bulls will be taking it easy on him, so it may not be until the All-Star break before LaVine carries useful fantasy value in standard leagues.
Dec 9 - 4:31 PM

Zach LaVine (knee) likely won't be making his regular-season debut until January, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago has zero incentive to rush LaVine's return as his mere presence could potentially result in more wins, which would hurt that tanking process. LaVine is currently on an "every other day plan," and head coach Fred Hoiberg said he wants him to get in multiple consecutive days of work before allowing him to return to the court, so it's now January, and no longer December when we can expect him to make his debut. He's worth stashing if you've got an open IR-spot.
Dec 5 - 2:22 PM

Zach LaVine was assigned to the G League with the Windy City Bulls.

He's expected to work out with the team on Friday. LaVine is getting a lot closer and there's a decent chance he does some 5-on-5 work on Friday. If so, that suggests he could start practicing with the team soon. While the Bulls are certainly going to manage him upon his return, it's not a bad idea to add him.
Nov 30 - 8:49 PM

Fred Hoiberg acknowledged on Tuesday that Zach LaVine (knee) likely won't be making his regular-season debut until late-December.

"He’s had three really good days with us since he’s been cleared for full contact," Hoiberg said. "It started out in San Francisco. He was able to play 3-on-3. Then he came back and had a really good 1-on-1 session. But when you get out there 5-on-5, you have to be in the right spots offensively and defensively. It’s a whole new thing for him." LaVine is now working on his conditioning and will likely have heavy restrictions upon his return, but he's worth stashing in most scenarios.
Nov 28 - 6:15 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that the Bulls have "no reason to rush" Zach LaVine's (knee) return.

LaVine was able to get in some 1-on-1 work during shootaround, just days after going through 3-on-3 work in which he was reportedly was throwing down windmill dunks, but his return to the court will depend on how his body responds to full-contact work. It's been nothing but positive news thus far, so he's on track to make it back to the court by mid-December at the latest, but owners can expect him to carry a plethora of restrictions early on. Still, he's worth stashing in most leagues.
Nov 26 - 2:28 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said Zach LaVine (knee) is doing windmill dunks during 3-on-3 sessions.

"He got me excited," Hoiberg said. The coach also added he's going to take it slow with LaVine. While he's on track to be back in the middle of next month, LaVine is almost certainly going to have some restrictions until at least the 2018 portion of the season comes around, but it's probably time to pick him up in leagues with dry waiver wires. Expect several wings to take a hit.
Nov 24 - 9:09 PM

Zach LaVine (left knee surgery) was able to take some "light contact" during Monday's practice and is on track to make it back to the court by mid-December.

"There’s no real timeframe, I guess," Hoiberg said. "It’s really going to be on how he feels. We’ll try to do a little more every day with him. We did a little bit, got him some light contact [Monday] just to get the process started. He’ll be able to play a little 2-on-2 with not a lot of practice time these next 10 days." The Bulls will be bringing along LaVine slowly with his long-term health being their primary concern, but he has enough upside to warrant a stash in most leagues at this point.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 22 - 12:27 PM

Barring a setback, Zach LaVine (knee) will be cleared for full contact at Monday's practice.

He's scheduled to meet with a doctor before practice, so he'll be out there as long everything looks OK. While it's good to see LaVine making progress, there's been no indication that the Bulls will move up his timetable -- the goal is for LaVine to make a mid-December return. He'll be brought along slowly, but he's worth picking up if he's still on the wire.
Nov 19 - 11:31 AM

Zach LaVine (knee) could be cleared for full contact as soon as Nov. 20.

While this is good news, the goal for him to start playing isn't until mid-December. The Bulls will also be bringing him along very slowly upon his return, as they have no reason to push him in a rebuilding season.
Nov 16 - 10:05 AM

Fred Hoiberg confirmed that the Bulls will be bringing Zach LaVine (knee) along slowly once he's cleared for contact.

"We’ll still take things slow,’’ Hoiberg said. "We won’t throw him out for an hour scrimmage the first day he gets cleared for contact. It will be a gradual process. But he’s doing great, doing everything he’s supposed to do.’’ LaVine is on track to be cleared for contact within the next few weeks, but the Bulls will be taking an extremely cautious approach with his return, so it could be a while until he's fully up to speed working without restrictions. He's worth stashing in leagues with an IR-spot, but random rest days and minutes restrictions could make him frustrating to own.
Nov 8 - 11:57 AM

Fred Hoiberg hinted that Zach LaVine (knee) could be cleared to start taking contact on November 19.

"Zach is doing pretty much everything with us now 5-on-0, still no contact," Hoiberg said. "We hope when we go out on our West Coast trip [starting Nov. 19] to have him cleared for some element of contact and then take it from there." It doesn't sound like LaVine will be making it back to the court until December, and he'll likely be brought along slowly by the tanking Bulls. Still, there's plenty of upside here, so he's worth stashing if you've got an open IR-spot.
Nov 6 - 6:47 PM

Zach LaVine (knee) said he thinks he's ready to be cleared for contact.

He added that he's going to stick with the timeline that the Bulls gave him, meaning he won't take any contact until November at the earliest. Lavine recently said that he has no soreness or symptoms in his surgically-repaired left knee and he's reportedly ahead of schedule. Maybe he returns to action in late November, but December would make more sense for the tanking Bulls.
Oct 23 - 12:10 PM

Zach LaVine said he has no soreness or symptoms in his surgically-repaired left knee.

LaVine went through 5-on-0 work on Sunday, and he also dunked, so all sign are positive heading into the regular season. He was recently cleared for "unpredictable movements," but isn't expected to resume full-contact work until mid-November.
Oct 15 - 12:41 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that Zach LaVine (left knee) has been cleared for "unpredictable movements," but he's still not taking contact.

Hoiberg hinted that LaVine is ahead of schedule in his recovery, but his official timetable putting him back on the court by late-November/early-December has remained unchanged. LaVine has quite a bit of upside, but playing for a team where winning won't be a concern could result in a lot of random rest days. We wouldn't advise rolling the dice on LaVine until the later rounds.
Oct 12 - 12:17 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kris Dunn
2Jerian Grant
3Cameron Payne
4Ryan Arcidiacono
5Kay Felder
SG1Zach LaVine
2Justin Holiday
3Denzel Valentine
4Antonio Blakeney
SF1David Nwaba
2Paul Zipser
3Quincy Pondexter
PF1Lauri Markkanen
2Bobby Portis
3Nikola Mirotic
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio