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Bulls will match Zach LaVine's 4-year, $78 million offer sheet from Kings, sources say

Bulls will match Zach LaVine's 4-year, $78 million offer sheet from Kings, sources say

The Kings signed restricted free agent Zach LaVine to a four-year, $78 million offer sheet Friday night, and sources said the Bulls will match the offer before the 48-hour window expires.

The offer is front-loaded in terms of pay schedule each season and carries no team or player options, sources said. A source also confirmed an ESPN report that the offer sheet has language protecting the team against LaVine’s surgically repaired left knee. The Bulls would have matched anyway, but the team-friendly clause is beneficial.

LaVine spent Wednesday meeting with the Kings at their facilities.

“I’m disappointed that I had to get an offer sheet from another team,” LaVine told...

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