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Zach LaVine Injured(Chi)

Zach LaVine (Chi)

Zach LaVine (knee), who took part in his first full-contact practice Monday following February surgery to repair his ACL, suggested that he's hopeful to make his Bulls and season debut in mid-to-late December, Sam Smith of the Bulls' official site reports. "It should be [mid or late December]," LaVine said when asked about the return timeline Monday. "That's what I'm going for. As long as I'm progressing and I'm doing what I need to on the court, this thing could go fast and I could be out there playing with the guys. My jumping and my athleticism are good. All my strength numbers are there. [I've] been out of basketball – contact wise – for nine months, and that's not going to come back in two or three practices. I have to get my timing down. I've been doing everything from dunking to running. Only thing I hadn't been cleared for was contact. I've been pushing it as much as I can."

Zach LaVine (knee) took part in a contact practice as expected Monday, Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Zach LaVine (knee) will visit his doctor Monday morning in Los Angeles with the anticipation of being cleared for contact practice later that day at UCLA, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports

Coach Fred Hoiberg intimated Wednesday that Zach LaVine (knee) will return to practice in the near future. "[LaVine] should be cleared (for practice) hopefully this week," Hoiberg said.

Zach LaVine (knee) is on track to be cleared for "some contact" work around Thanksgiving, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday that Zach LaVine (knee) is still roughly three weeks away from returning to full contact work, Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald reports.

Zach LaVine was seen doing "light work" during Friday's practice, which included layups and eurosteps, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports.

Zach LaVine (knee) has been cleared for "unpredictable movements," K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Zach LaVine (knee) is not expected to begin taking contact until November, per coach Fred Hoiberg, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.