The Bulls have the power to match any offer sheet Zach LaVine receives in free agency, but it appears they're not alone in the race to sign the 23-year-old shooting guard.
Our own Vincent Goodwill reported early Sunday morning that the Atlanta Hawks have interest in signing LaVine, with The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor adding that Sacramento is also pursuing him.
The Atlanta Hawks are one of the team's showing interest in RFA Zach LaVine, according to sources— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) July 1, 2018
The Kings are also showing interest in Zach LaVine, per sources. https://t.co/4NNoCioI8G— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 1, 2018
The Kings do have a pair of solid shooting guards in Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic, but they're pretty shallow on the wing past those two and could feasibly pair one next to LaVine in the starting lineup, with De'Aaron Fox at point guard. LaVine hails from the West Coast where presumably his family lives, and he went to school at UCLA. A move to Sacramento makes plenty of sense in that regard, too.
The Kings selected Marvin Bagley III with the second pick in last month's draft and appear to be heading in the right direction as a franchise.
Atlanta has a need for talent at just about every position. They traded back in last month's draft and picked up Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, and they have young pieces in Taurean Prince and John Collins. Kent Bazemore is a trade candidate on the wing, which could open a spot for LaVine at shooting guard.
While both teams can give LaVine an offer sheet to sign, the Bulls will be able to match any deal LaVine receives and signs in free agency.
The Bulls can also negotiate with LaVine and come to an agreement on a long-term deal.