Bulls officially match offer sheet to LaVine

The Chicago Bulls on Sunday made official what had been reported since Friday, matching the Sacramento Kings’ offer sheet to Zach LaVine and retaining the young guard for a reported four more seasons.

While the club did not release details of the offer sheet while, multiple reports had the offer at four years and $78 million.

LaVine, 23, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in February 2017 while with the Minnesota Timberwolves, then was traded to the Bulls the following offseason as part of the Jimmy Butler deal. Rehab and lingering effects from the injury limited LaVine to just 24 games last season, and he averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the abbreviated season.

“We were excited last summer when we got a dynamic athlete in Zach LaVine through the trade, and we’re excited now that we get to keep him,” Chicago executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said in a news release. “Zach showed a relentless work ethic in rehabbing his ACL injury to return to the court, and he has a visible passion for the game of basketball. We know that those attributes, along with his honed skills, will make him an impact player in this league for years to come. We’re thrilled to keep Zach on this Bulls team moving forward.”

LaVine was selected No. 13 overall by the Timberwolves in the 2014 draft out of UCLA. He won the Slam Dunk Contest in both 2015 and ’16.

–Field Level Media

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