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Zach LaVine Signs Offer Sheet With Sacramento

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Restricted Free Agent Zach LaVine has signed an offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings worth a reported 4 years, $80 million; Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania broke the news.

The Chicago Bulls have 48 hours to match the offer. But should they?

LaVine played in just 24 games for the Bulls last season, after recovering from an ACL injury suffered while a member of the Timberwolves. In his lone season in Chicago, LaVine averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 38.3% FG, 34.1% 3PT, and 81% FT.

He was better in almost every category in his last season in Minnesota when he was healthy. And at just 23 years old, it’s safe to think his ceiling could still be 20+ points per game on efficient shooting numbers. But that ceiling is not guaranteed.

Even given his potential, $20 million a year may be a bit too steep of a price for Chicago to choose to match. With a total rebuild still underway, and the 2019 free agency market that everyone has been salivating over, it makes a lot of sense for the Bulls to let LaVine sign with Sacramento.

The flip side of this, does letting LaVine go for nothing make the Jimmy Butler trade a total loss? I say no, not even close. That trade still netted them Lauri Markkanen, who shined last season as a rookie, and Kris Dunn, who improved drastically from his first season in Minnesota.

The Bulls still have some young players with potential, do you think they should sign LaVine at 4 years $80 million? Let us know on twitter or IG, @TLSportsMedia.

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