Kings less inclined to sign LaVine to offer sheet

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Though they will continue to monitor his negotiations, the Sacramento Kings are less inclined to sign Zach LaVine to an offer sheet, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

LaVine is a restricted free agent this offseason. He can sign an offer sheet with another team and then the Bulls have to decide if they want to match the offer or not.

Acquired by the Bulls last summer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade, LaVine played in 24 games this past season after missing majority of the year recovering from left ACL surgery. The high-flyer averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists, shooting 38.3 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from 3-point range.

The Bulls have consistently said they want to retain LaVine, but the price will matter. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago would prefer to re-sign LaVine in the $14 to $16 million range annually.

If the Kings or another team offers LaVine a contract which pays him close to $20 million a season, the Bulls would seriously consider letting him walk.