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Restarted free agent Zach LaVine is a player of interest to several teams, according to reports.
LaVine, 23, is said to be on the radar of the Atlanta Hawks, according to Vincent Goodwill of NBC SportsChicago.
The Atlanta Hawks are one of the team's showing interest in RFA Zach LaVine, according to sources
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) July 1, 2018
Goodwill explained his thinking about LaVine’s restricted free agency.
Buckle up: The latest from @vgoodwill on where Zach LaVine and the Bulls stand as free agency begins, and the precdent for what his deal might look like: https://t.co/Dgw4hhKKJ3 pic.twitter.com/UWDGUyfDQn
— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) June 30, 2018
The former NBA slam-dunk champion is also drawing interest from the Sacramento Kings, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
The Kings are also showing interest in Zach LaVine, per sources. https://t.co/4NNoCioI8G
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 1, 2018
Nick Friedell of ESPN mentioned what kind of contract LaVine might command.
From Bulls perspective on LaVine, 4 yrs for $60 mil has always felt like preferred number to them. At 23, nobody is sure what kind of player he'll become. If I'm the Bulls I'm not going too much higher than that because I'm still not convinced he's worth that big of an investment
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) July 1, 2018
Acquired by the Bulls last summer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade, LaVine 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.