June 28, 2018, 5:31 pm
The Kings are reportedly considering a run at restricted free agent Zach LaVine, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
The Bulls tendered a qualifying offer to LaVine, making him a restricted free agent, and he’s expected to get a deal worth anywhere from the high teens to $20 million per year.
At 23 years old LaVine would be a definite boost of offense to an already young Sacramento lineup.
The question remains whether Garrett Temple opts into his $8 million deal for next season and that definitely plays a key role in the Kings making a push for LaVine. As of now, the team will have a little under $20 million to spend in free agency.
The Kings, who have a major need at small forward, are reportedly also in the market for names like Mario Hezonja and Jabari Parker, too.
The Kings’ backcourt is full of previously drafted talent like De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Frank Mason, as well as newcomer Iman Shumpert, who opted into his 2018-19 deal earlier this month.
Unless the Kings are considering using Bogdanovic at the three spot, the fit of LaVine is somewhat questionable.
LaVine played in just 24 games for the Bulls last season after returning from an ACL injury and averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 38.3 percent from the field and 34.1 from 3-point range.
He was the key piece in a trade with the Wolves which sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota just a year ago, so the likelihood of the Bulls matching any offer below a max contract is strong