It’s a tough market for LaVine, other restricted agents

Zach LaVine of the Bulls and other restricted free agents are facing a difficult market.

While unrestricted free agents are finding new or old homes across the NBA, the same cannot be said for free agents of the restricted variety.

So says Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who cites Chicago Bulls’ restricted free agent Zach LaVine as an example.

“The restricted free-agent market is just decimated. I don’t know where these guys are going to get their money,” Wojnarowski said on his latest Woj Pod on The Vertical.

“The one hope is Zach LaVine and Sacramento,” he continued. “They’ve been pretty serious about doing that and maybe he can get an offer sheet from them.”

Acquired by the Bulls last summer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade, LaVine, 23, played in 24 games last 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.