Zach LaVine was the big haul for the Chicago Bulls when they traded away franchise star Jimmy Butler last summer, but even LaVine’s stay could have been short lived.
The electric shooting guard, who played sparingly last season while rehabbing a torn ACL incurred while playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves, has signed a 4-year, $78 million offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings. Since LaVine is a restricted free agent, the Bulls have 48 hours to match the deal, or else LaVine will head over to the Kings.
According to ESPN, the Bulls will likely match the offer sheet–thus retaining LaVine. The 23-year-old guard averaged 16.7 PPG and 3.9 RPG in 24 appearances during the 2017-18 season.
In addition to LaVine, whom the Bulls brought along slowly while he recovered from his injury, the Bulls received Kris Dunn and the rights to Lauri Markkanen. LaVine will play with plenty of help around him, as Markkanen should continue to blossom, and the organization drafted polished big man Wendell Carter from Duke.
LaVine has displayed flashes of a complete basketball player, both with an ability to throw down vicious dunks while hoisting three-pointers. He was sidetracked by the knee injury while with the Timberwolves, but the Bulls bet on his long-term future.
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