LaVine has been part of the recruiting process, which shows how much he means to the organization.
“They allowed me to have some type of contribution,” he said. “I was just happy that they were allowed to tell me about some (the moves). But in the end, it’s their decision. I’m a basketball player and I’m here to help the team win games.
“But they had some communication with me, and it shows a lot of confidence and I appreciated that from them.”
It’s not a perfect alignment, lacking height in the frontcourt and overall depth. Patrick Williams may not have recovered from his sprained left ankle until early November.
Still, the Bulls should at least go from a 31-41 season to a playoff berth. They might not be on par with defending champions Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets or Philadelphia 76ers, but no one else in the Eastern Conference is as loaded with scorers with LaVine, Vučević and DeRozan in the lineup.
Donovan wouldn’t put any expectations on his team, choosing to see how they play together first.
“The most important thing for us is so hard to just sit there and make predictions or project what will or will not happen,” he said. “For me to sit here and say, okay, we haven’t had a single practice or a game with each other, and say what we’re going to look like in weeks, months. , it’s going to be hard to say. But surely the expectation is that you want to be able to compete at the highest level and run deep races in the playoffs.