The Bulls had a drama-filled Sunday and apparently other players around the league have heard.
After the Bulls' starters got yanked twice in the worst loss in franchise history on Saturday, the team had a long practice on Sunday after playing on back-to-back nights. That didn't sit well with some of the players on the team.
On Monday night, the Bulls came out fast with an 11-point halftime lead against the Kings. The second half, however, was ugly. The Bulls lost 108-89, getting outscored 63-33 in the second half.
The ugly finish led to a comment overheard in the hallways of the United Center after the game. It is a bit of salt in the wound for Bulls fans.
So the Bulls have had two ugly losses in a row, just went through some uneasy tension between their new coach and players and now are the butt of a joke from an opposing player. Ouch.
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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.
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?
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 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.