July 6, 2018, 8:23 pm
After swinging and missing on some smaller named free agents, the Kings decided to dive head-first into the deep end as they signed Zach LaVine to a four-year $78 million offer sheet, according to Marc Spears.
After being “disappointed” in the Bulls, Bulls restricted free agent Zach LaVine tells @TheUndefeated he has signed a four-year, $78 million contract with the Kings. Link here:
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 6, 2018
James Ham confirmed the report and said that LaVine was in Sacramento on Thursday to meet with doctors who medically cleared the 23-year-old shooting guard.
LaVine was in Sacramento on Thursday to meet with team officials and medical staff. Clean bill of health. https://t.co/eUNeeCgpRc
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) July 7, 2018
LaVine, who missed 58 games last season due to recovery from an ACL tear averaged 16.7 points for Chicago in 27.3 minutes per game. He also added 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game in the contests.
LaVine was the main piece in return to the Bulls when they shipped All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, so it will be interesting to see if they see that much value in the young man.
The four-year veteran was having his best statistical season in 2016-17 before his injury. In 47 games with the Timberwolves he averaged 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.2 minutes per game.
The Kings, whose most notable void is at the small forward slot didn’t exactly fill a need in signing LaVine since the 6-foot 5 guard from UCLA hasn’t really seen time at the three position.
The Bulls have 48 hours to decide if they want to match the contract or if they want to allow LaVine to head to the capital of California.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Bulls intend to match:
The Bulls have decided to match Sacramento’s $78M offer sheet to Zach LaVine, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2018