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Expected now official: Zach LaVine to have knee scoped in coming weeks

2022 NBA Playoffs - Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 22: Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during Round 1 Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 22, 2022 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Zach LaVine’s numbers dipped as the NBA season wore on, but the better evidence something was off was the eye test: One of the most explosive, athletic players in the league didn’t look like that at all by March. Then came the report that he could be headed toward offseason knee surgery.

He is, but LaVine is getting a “simple” scope job on his knee, Shams Charania of The Athletic confirmed on Thursday.

LaVine should be healthy and his explosive self by the start of training camp.

The question is, what training camp will he be in? The Bulls want to re-sign him, but do they want to give him a max contract? LaVine said he would explore free agency, and other teams are considering their moves (few have the cap space to go after him as a free agent, it more likely would be a sign-and-trade).

LaVine averaged 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game last season.