Bulls expected to match any offer for LaVine

CHICAGO — Bulls guard Zach LaVine will be a restricted free agent this offseason and the team is expected to keep the high-flyer.

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

LaVine was acquired by the Bulls last summer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade. He played in 24 games after missing majority of the season recovering from left ACL surgery and 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.

If not from the Bulls, LaVine will most likely get a max offer sheet from a rival team and Yahoo Sports insider Shams Charania believes Chicago will match it.

“The sentiment I’ve gotten is that [Chicago] will match a max offer sheet for LaVine,” Charania said.

The Bulls own the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft.