Zach LaVine.

Zach LaVine hints at possible return to Slam Dunk Contest

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Zach LaVine will be beginning a new career with the Chicago Bulls next season after he was traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this summer. 

The Bulls acquired LaVine, Kris Dunn and a 2017 lottery pick by offloading All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minneapolis. 

The Windy City franchise has decided to begin a rebuilding phase and wants to create a core of talented young players to implement coach Fred Hoiberg's style of play. 

LaVine was the centrepiece of the package they received from the Timberwolves and he could potentially become a franchise player for Chicago in the years to come. 

The 22-year-old is an athletic specimen and has created a reputation for himself as one of the best dunkers in the league. 

He is a two-time winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest and was part of one of the best editions of all time in his epic battle with the Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon in 2016. 

After winning back-to-back trophies, the high flier decided not to defend his crown in New Orleans last season, much to the disappointment of fans. 

Verizon Slam Dunk Contest 2016

Now that he's about to embark on a new chapter in Chi-Town, however, LaVine has hinted that he may be open to returning to compete at the All-Star weekend's showpiece event. 

"I got a few dunks still left in my bag," LaVine said. "I wanted to do the 3-point contest last year before I hurt myself. I feel like I have a really good shot in that. I might try to get that next year. But you never know (about the dunk contest), I still have a couple dunks left in me, especially being with this new city, new team.

"I know they would like to see some new, fun stuff. But I don't know, man, it might be in the past. It might be hard to upstage yourself after winning back-to-back. ... I got a couple people haven't seen yet. I have to figure the other three.

"With me and Aaron, you have to have about five dunks because it went on so long. I got about three dunks people haven't seen before. I'll keep it a surprise just in case I sneak in there again."

Verizon Slam Dunk Contest 2016

The UCLA product is currently recovering from a torn ACL which ended his season in February and there may be concerns about whether he'll still have the same level of athleticism when he returns. 

If he returns to the court and shows that he can still get up, there's no doubt that NBA fans across the world would love to see the new Bulls star put on a show once again.  

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