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Bulls SG Zach LaVine expected to miss 3-4 weeks with foot injury

Chicago’s biggest trade chip is expected to be sidelined for about a month.

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Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls smiles during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 26, 2023 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine is expected to miss 3-4 more weeks with foot inflammation, according to the team. LaVine was initially set to be out just one week, but clearly this is now becoming a bigger issue for the player. LaVine has dealt with back and leg issues before, although this feels like a completely new injury.

This is not great news for the Bulls on two fronts. Even though they beat the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday, the Bulls are 8-14 on the season. That’s a lot better than things looked just a few days ago since the team has won three straight. That record puts the Bulls at 12th in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the 10th seed for the final play-in spot. That record is unlikely to get better with LaVine out.

The other issue is LaVine’s trade value, which can’t get much better if he’s recovering from an injury. The Bulls are reportedly amicable to dealing their long-term fixture, and LaVine’s value could use some work. If he does get back to his usual self, the return Chicago could get would be much better when it comes to starting a rebuild. A month off will cool down some of the rumors but doesn’t help Chicago from a negotiation standpoint.

LaVine will have to return to form once he overcomes this injury. The only question is whether it will be to save Chicago’s season from being a complete waste or to boost his own value to go to a better basketball situation.