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Sacramento Kings 'Pretty Serious' About Offer Sheet For Zach LaVine

A overview of Golden 1 Center while the San Antonio Spurs play the Sacramento Kings during an NBA basketball game at Golden 1 Center.

SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 27: A overview of Golden 1 Center while the San Antonio Spurs play the Sacramento Kings during an NBA basketball game at Golden 1 Center on October 27, 2016 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The next name up in NBA free agency could be 23-year old Zach LaVine. The Chicago Bulls shooting guard is a restricted free agent, looking for an offer sheet in what has been a rough market for those.

LaVine has been an intriguing, if not totally proven, young talent. After just one year at UCLA, the 2014 No. 13 pick has averaged double-digits in each of his first four NBA seasons.

He has struggled to stay on the court the last two years, playing 71 total games. Before that, he was mostly healthy through his first two years, played in Minnesota.

That final year with the Timberwolves looked like it could portend a pretty strong career. He averaged 18.9 points per game in 47 appearances, shooting over 38-percent from three-point range. He is also one of the league's most explosive dunkers.

Now, it sounds like the Sacramento Kings could get NBA free agency ramped up again with an offer to Zach LaVine.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said the team is "pretty serious" about a potential offer. From his podcast, via RealGM:

"The restricted free agent market is just decimated," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "I don't know where they guys are going to get their money. The one hope is Zach LaVine in Sacramento. They've been pretty serious about doing that. Maybe he can get an offer sheet from them?"

The question is: how big will that offer sheet be? Restricted free agents are getting very little play right now, with so few teams having the necessary salary cap space to make offers. Even for a young player with potential like LaVine, it may not be a great year. Of course, he could gamble on himself, and look for a one year deal in order to prove that he is healthy and worth a bigger deal next year, when more teams should have money to spend.

It is also unclear whether the Bulls will match. Chicago Tribunecolumnist David Haugh thinks that matching whatever offer LaVine gets is a key to getting the Bulls back into contention sooner or later, with the East wide open.

[The Woj Pod]