It only took the Bulls a couple hours to match Sacramento's offer, locking LaVine back in as the club's starting shooting guard for the foreseeable future. After the start to his first season in Chicago was delayed until January while he recovered from a torn ACL, LaVine appeared in 24 games for the Bulls, finishing with averages of 16.7 points (on 38.3 percent shooting from the field), 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.0 steal in 27.3 minutes per contest.
The Kings are not discouraged from LaVine's recent ACL tear and subpar 2017-18 campaign, where he shot less than 40 percent from the field and averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 27.3 minutes. If Chicago opts not to match, LaVine would likely start at shooting guard over Bogdan Bogdanovic. Or Bogdanovic could get shifted to small forward, pushing Justin Jackson to the pine. If the Bulls choose to retain LaVine, he'd presumably start at shooting guard there once again.
This is merely a formality, as the Bulls were long expected to extend LaVine the offer. This simply means the Bulls can match any deal that LaVine signs once free agency opens July 1, though it's unclear if there's a number that would take Chicago out of the bidding. LaVine played just 24 games in his first season with the Bulls, but at just 23-years-old, the organization clearly thinks he's a young building block for the future.
LaVine (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
LaVine hasn't played in several weeks, and both he and Kris Dunn (toe) will be shut down for the remainder of the season with five games left on the schedule. The fourth-year guard, who returned from a torn ACL in mid-January, will close the season with averages of 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 24 games.
LaVine (knee) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Wizards.
LaVine hasn't played since Mar. 15 as he continues to nurse tendinitis in his knee. The Bulls haven't offered much in the way of an update, and at this point it's fair to wonder if LaVine will be back on the floor before the end of the regular season.
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