LaVine underwent surgery in February.
The 22-year-old is already getting to know some of his new teammates. The Bulls posted a photo of LaVine in attendance for a Las Vegas Summer League game against the Dallas Mavericks:
In March, the Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski (via NBA.com) reported the Timberwolves had yet to determine a return date for LaVine.
The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reported Wednesday the Bulls are going to be extra cautious with the fourth-year guard:
LaVine was the headliner of the Butler trade from Chicago's perspective. The Bulls also added point guard Kris Dunn and swapped first-round picks with Minnesota, landing Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen at No. 7 overall.
The relative success or failure of the Butler trade will hinge heavily on LaVine's performance. Before tearing his ACL, he was averaging a career-high 18.9 points per game and shooting 38.7 percent from three-point range.
LaVine's otherworldly athleticism—he's a two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion—is a large part of his game, leading some to worry whether the effects of his ACL injury will continue to linger long after he has fully healed. Having witnessed Derrick Rose's decline, Bulls fans are all too aware how much knee injuries can derail a player's career.
The fact LaVine is progressing well in his rehab is good news for Chicago since—as Johnson noted—he'll be one of the faces of the franchise's long-term direction.