3 reasons the Chicago Bulls should not match Zach LaVine’s offer

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What does he do well?

Perhaps the most important reason not to match is the fact that LaVine just isn’t that good of a basketball player. He certainly isn’t good enough to warrant this type of contract. In fact, the Bulls should be thanking the Kings for making the decision so easy for them. Had they come in at around $14 million per year, it would have been a much more difficult decision.

However, even at that price it probably would have been the right decision to let him go. That’s because he just isn’t the type of player who is worth that price. Is he supremely athletic? Yes. Does he elevate above the rim with ease and finish some spectacular dunks? Of course, he does. But once you get past the window dressing, you realize there isn’t a lot of substance to his game.

He’s an average shooter at best and is a total liability on the defensive end. Last season LaVine shot 38 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. Heck for his entire career he is only a 43 percent shooter overall and 37 percent from beyond the arc.

Aside from all of the numbers, he just didn’t seem to fit when he was on the floor this season. Ball movement came to a screeching halt, and he didn’t seem to gel with Kris Dunn‘s and Lauri Markkanen‘s game. Do the Bulls feel comfortable committing that much money based on a limited sample size? They shouldn’t.