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Zach LaVine | Guard | #8

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/10/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 185
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (13) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Fred Hoiberg said that Zach LaVine (left knee) has been making solid progress in his recovery from knee surgery, but added that he won't be cleared for contact until mid-November.

"Basically on a 1-on-0 workout he has no restrictions," said Hoiberg. "He's doing a lot of extra running. He's been a monster in the weight room, he's putting up a lot of weight, which shows the strength of that leg is probably where it needs to be. But as far as letting that graft fully mature, generally from what we understand from our doctors is it takes a full nine months. Which would put us really in the middle of November before he would be cleared for any type of contact."
Source: ESPN
Sep 27 - 10:45 AM

Fred Hoiberg said that Zach LaVine (left knee) probably won't be cleared for contact until mid-November.

VP of Basketball Operations, John Paxson, said on Monday that it's a "safe bet" that LaVine won't be on the floor for opening night, and it's looking like he's almost guaranteed to miss at least the first month of the 2017-18 season. Once he is cleared to return, LaVine will likely be eased back into things, so he might not be going full speed until Christmas. There also could be restrictions for LaVine on back-to-back sets, so he could be a frustrating guy to own for the first half of the season.
Sep 26 - 2:15 PM

Zach LaVine (left knee) will not be ready for opening night, according to VP of Basketball Operations, John Paxson.

The Bulls have not committed to an official timetable for LaVine's return, but considering that they're currently going through a rebuild, Chicago management will be in no rush to bring LaVine back to the court. LaVine maintains that he's "very far along" in his recovery from the ACL tear and that he'd like to get back to the court "as soon as possible," but Bulls' reporter Sean Highkin has speculated that LaVine might not take the court until December or January. With so much uncertainty here, it's tough to justify taking LaVine prior to the later rounds, despite his upside.
Sep 25 - 4:32 PM

The Bulls recently put Zach LaVine (knee) through a series of drills and tests and reportedly measured his standing verticle as higher than his pre-draft measurements.

Chicago has not yet released an official timetable for LaVine's return, but head coach Fred Hoiberg was recently quoted saying he hopes to have Zach back on the court shortly after the start of the season, so things are trending in a positive direction here. While LaVine will very likely be eased back into things on a rebuilding Bulls team, he could have a phenomenal season once he's fully up to speed, operating as the No. 1 option in Hoiberg's uptempo offense. Still, we wouldn't recommend looking his way until the later rounds on draft day.
Source: ESPN
Sep 6 - 11:40 AM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said the Bulls are hopeful they can get Zach LaVine to play shortly after the start of season.

With his February ACL tear, this would be an aggressive target. That coupled with how the Bulls are rebuilding, it makes little sense to bring him back before December. Still, LaVine is a bit of a freak a la running back Adrian Peterson, so maybe he can come back earlier than most players with ACL tears. He would still only be worth a look as a stash late in drafts.
Aug 4 - 8:38 PM

Zach LaVine (knee) said he's ahead of schedule and he will be ready for training camp.

His agent had a similar statement, but the Bulls may also have their say in his recovery. Considering the Bulls are going through the rebuild, they won't be in a rush to play the two-time dunk champ. For now, expect LaVine to have limitations for a good portion of the 2017-18 season.
Jul 12 - 6:55 PM

Zach LaVine (knee) said that he's "feeling really good" but he remains without an official timetable to return to the court.

"I’m feeling really good,’’ LaVine said. "Attacking this injury like I do everything in life. Working my butt off for it every day. In the gym doing as much as possible. There’s always that base timeline of nine to 12 months. I feel like with my ability I’m always able to come back early, but I really haven’t set a timetable for that." LaVine will be right around the nine-month mark in November, but the Bulls will likely exercise some caution in bringing him back considering they've begun their rebuild.
Jun 27 - 4:06 PM

The Bulls will "err on the side of caution" with Zach LaVine (knee) next season, according to vice president John Paxson.

LaVine tore his ACL on Feb. 3 and an ACL recovery can vary anywhere from 8-12 months, so that would put him highly doubtful for the start of the season. Plus, the Bulls could be tanking next year, so they may not want the former dunk champ out there to help them win games. While he was in the midst of a breakout season before his injury, LaVine will be tough to stash in fantasy.
Jun 23 - 2:46 PM

Zach LaVine will reportedly head to Chicago as part of the trade sending Jimmy Butler to the Wolves.

Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the draft are also headed to Chicago, as coach Tom Thibodeau pulled off a major deal to land Butler, whom he's been interested in since taking over in Minnesota. LaVine should have a massive role once he's fully recovered from ACL surgery, filling in the void left by Butler on the wing. LaVine's fit alongside Dwyane Wade will be interesting, but from a fantasy perspective he should still pull down mid-round value once at full strength.
Jun 22 - 7:46 PM

Zach LaVine said he's making solid progress in his recovery from his torn left ACL.

"Everything is going well. I have progress right now, doing everything I can do to get better—shooting, strengthening, lifting, all that good stuff," said LaVine. "The doctor said my knee is as healthy as it can get at this point right now." LaVine is still only able to run on an AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill, but according to his teammate Ricky Rubio (who has also dealt with an ACL tear), LaVine is ahead of schedule in his recovery. That being said, LaVine remains without an official timetable to return, and there are no guarantees he'll be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season.
May 24 - 10:35 AM

Zach LaVine (knee) underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair his torn left ACL.

The Wolves won't provide a timetable until "a later date," but he's not a lock by any means to be ready for the start of next season. There are no great pickups in LaVine's absence. He finishes this season with averages of 18.9 points, 3.4 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.6 treys.
Feb 14 - 9:35 PM

Zach LaVine (knee) will undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL on Tuesday.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who has operated on many top athletes including Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant and Zack Grienke. LaVine will miss the remainder of the season, opening up more minutes for Brandon Rush and newly-signed Lance Stephenson, in addition to guys like Nemanja Bjelica, Shabazz Muhammad and Kris Dunn. There's no clear-cut pickup in his absence.
Feb 12 - 7:35 PM

Zach LaVine will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed a torn ACL in his left knee.

Oh no. LaVine had some contact to his knee on Friday and was originally diagnosed with a contusion. This is obviously a massive blow to the Wolves, who were playing much better in the 2017 portion of the season. LaVine was tied for third in the NBA for minutes per game at 37.2, averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.6 treys. The Wolves will have to piece it together to fill this massive void with Shabazz Muhammad as the most interesting add, especially for points leagues. Nemanja Bjelica will likely be playing more three and is interesting, as well. Brandon Rush could get some starts, but his upside isn't very high. We should also see more of some two-PG lineups with Kris Dunn (hand) and Tyus Jones.
Feb 4 - 5:17 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kris Dunn
2Jerian Grant
3Ryan Arcidiacono
4Cameron Payne
5Kay Felder
SG1Zach LaVine
2Denzel Valentine
3Justin Holiday
SF1Paul Zipser
2Quincy Pondexter
PF1Nikola Mirotic
2Lauri Markkanen
3Bobby Portis
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio