Strong possibility Bulls shut down LaVine

Zach LaVine will be a restricted free-agent this summer.

CHICAGO — Bulls guard Zach LaVine, the prize acquisition the team traded for in the Jimmy Butler deal last summer, is currently dealing with left knee tendinitis and will be re-evaluated in five-to-seven days.

If the Bulls doctors find that LaVine hasn’t made any progress, there is a strong possibility he will be shut down for the season — per the Chicago Tribune.

The Bulls entered Thursday with a record of 24-47 and have 11 games remaining. The team is trying to position themselves to acquire a top draft pick in the 2018 draft, so bringing LaVine back doesn’t make much sense at this point.

LaVine, 23, tore his left ACL last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Bulls have been playing it cautious with him all year.

The high-flyer has appeared in 24 games with Chicago and averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists.