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NBA: LaVine ready to put Bulls needs first

Zach LaVine insists he is ready to put the Chicago Bulls' hunt for silverware above his own personal health for the rest of the season.

The Bulls are tied for first alongside the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference and are 12/1 to claim the title, while they are 25/1 to win the NBA Championship.

LaVine has been a key player in Chicago as they chase for post-season honours, averaging 24.6 points per game, but he has been struggling with an injured left knee that forced him to miss three games going into the All-Star break.

Injury problems

Despite that injury-enforced absence and admitting the fact that he may not be able to play at 100 per cent for the rest of the season, the 26-year-old is confident that the issue is manageable and feel it is more important he remains available for the Bulls as they look to end the campaign in positive fashion.

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LaVine has been given a cortisone shot as well as having fluid drained and is confident there will not be any need for surgery until the off-season.

"It will get me through the end of the season, and in the offseason, I'll be able to take care of it and try to get myself 100 per cent," LaVine said.

"The season is important enough for me personally. I'll be able to go out there and play and do what I have to do still."

Thompson bolsters Bulls

Meanwhile, Chicago have signed Tristan Thompson to their roster on an undisclosed deal with the centre having averaged 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 34 games this season for Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers, before he was waived by the latter on Thursday.

Forward Alfonzo McKinnie, who averaged 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds for the Bulls this season, has been released though.

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