The Chicago Bulls will have the right to match any offers that come Zach LaVine's way this summer as he enters restricted free agency. Their willingness to retain him, however, doesn't appear to be as high as it once was.
The "near universal support" the 23-year-old guard had within the Bulls organization is no longer there, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.
Chicago will take a patient approach with LaVine and see if he receives any lucrative offers. Then they'll make their decision on whether to match.
In his first year with the Bulls after coming over in a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, LaVine made a grand total of 24 appearances after recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee from the prior season. He averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and three assists in 27.3 minutes, but shot a career-low 38.3 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from 3-point range.
LaVine played his final game of the 2017-18 campaign on March 15 before being shut down.