Hours after the 23-year old shooting guard signed an offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings, news broke that the Bulls had quickly made up their minds on LaVine's future in Chicago.
Bulls have 48 hours to match the offer sheet and fully plan to do so before deadline. Offer sheet includes some prior injury protection on LaVine's left knee, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/ldgpcaMMvN— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2018
By deciding to match the four-year, $78 million offer sheet, the Bulls now have solidified their core for the forseeable future. LaVine will now have the opportunity to grow with young players Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen, who are still on rookie contracts, providing the Bulls with flexibility to continue adding to the roster.
With the LaVine contract situation wrapped up, now all eyes will turn to the rest of the free agent crop. The biggest name among them is Chicago-native Jabari Parker, who the Bulls have been reported to have interest in. The Bucks signed forward Ersan Ilyasova to a three-year, $21 million deal that will limit the amount they can offer Parker.
But whether or not the Bulls go after Parker, the question remains: where do they go from here?