We won't need to wait long to see Zach LaVine take the floor Saturday against the Pistons.
LaVine himself confirmed to reporters during practice on Friday that he will start in his Bulls debut. He said he'll be limited to roughly 20 minutes in his first game action in nearly a calendar year.
LaVine will play the first 5 to 6 minutes of the first and third quarters. His other minutes will be determined as the game progresses.
"It's gonna be a lot of excitement and emotion coming in," LaVine said. "I think I'll be able to handle that pretty well. It's playing the game I love and it's doing it. It's like riding a bike. You might wobble a bit but I can get back going straight and going faster each and every game."
The prize of the June trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves, LaVine has not played in a game since tearing his ACL on Feb. 3, 2017, ironically in a game against the same Pistons he'll face Saturday.
He'll join a Bulls team that has exceeded expectations while they waited for the natural scorer to enter the lineup. Though the Bulls have lost five of their last seven, they're 12-7 since Dec. 7, good for the seventh best record in the NBA (and fourth best in the East).