The Kings made their first move of free agency, but hours later had to move on from it.
Sacramento signed Chicago restricted free agent guard Zach LaVine to a four-year, $78 million offer sheet Friday, a league source said. The Bulls had 48 hours to match the offer – and quickly decided they would.
LaVine had reached out to the Kings and visited with the front office Thursday. LaVine, who tore his left ACL in February 2017, also met with team doctors who said his knee is in good shape.
LaVine averaged 16.7 points in 24 games with the Chicago Bulls last season. He was acquired by Chicago in a 2017 draft-day trade from Minnesota.
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"I'm disappointed that I had to get an offer sheet from another team," LaVine told The Undefeated in a story before it was reported the Bulls decided to match. "But Sacramento stepped up and made a strong impression. It appears that Sacramento wants me more than Chicago."
LaVine, 23, was the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by Minnesota. The Kings liked his youth, athleticism and how he would fit with their young core.
LaVine, however, is a shooting guard and did not address the Kings' desire to add a small forward. The Kings still like Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic, who were the team's primary shooting guards last season.
The move to sign LaVine shows the Kings are willing to pursue players at positions of depth if it means improving the team.
The Kings have approximately $17 million left under the salary cap that they could use in free agency and can still pursue trades to upgrade the roster.