This offseason, the Bulls can offer Zach LaVine a four-year, $104.8 million contract extension, the most the team can put on the table under the CBA. LaVine will turn that down — and he should, he is a max or near-max player, an All-Star this season who is getting consideration for All-NBA. LaVine made a leap this season — averaging 27.5 points a game with a bump in efficiency — and will want to be paid like an elite shot creator.

The Bulls could use their cap space this summer to renegotiate LaVine’s contract then extend him off that new deal, or, more likely, he heads to free agency in the summer of 2022. Whatever path he takes, it has been expected LaVine wanted the respect (and money) of a max player.