High-flying wing Zach LaVine has the Kings to thank for his new deal with the Bulls. But he never wanted to come to Sacramento.
In a recent interview with NBC Sports Chicago's Vincent Goodwill, LaVine opened up about his restricted free agency.
For much of free agency, the Bulls and LaVine had been unable to come to an agreement on a deal. But on Friday, July 6, the Kings signed LaVine to a four-year, $78 million offer sheet. Within the hour, reports started to surface that the Bulls would match the offer sheet. Two days later, they made it official. LaVine would be returning to Chicago. Sacramento had missed out on another high-potential player.
LaVine is happy with the way things turned out.
"I never wanted to leave, that's the main thing. But business is business. The offer sheet happened and thank God the Bulls matched it. That's exactly what we wanted to happen. I never wanted it to get to that point," LaVine told Goodwill.
After missing out on LaVine, the Kings signed guard Yogi Ferrell and forward Nemanja Bjelica.