Report: Bulls offered Zach LaVine nearly as much as he got in matched Kings offer sheet
Despite having 48 hours to match Zach LaVine’s four-year, $78 million offer sheet from the Kings, the Bulls leaked their intention to keep him within two hours.
How did Chicago – who appeared to be in a pickle – decide so quickly? Bulls executives Gar Forman and John Paxson were apparently already near that price tag.
LaVine missed most of last season with a torn ACL. He struggled upon his return and got shut down again.
Depending on the exact format, the injury protections might help Chicago. But we know LaVine doesn’t believe they turned the contract in the team’s favor. Otherwise, he would have signed directly with the Bulls rather than inking an offer sheet.
LaVine used Sacramento to get better contract terms. Good for him.
But for him to justify this contract, he must play far better than he ever has. He’s just 23, so maybe he will.