The Timberwolves drafted LaVine out of UCLA with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft. The high-flyer made $2,055,840 during his rookie season and finished the year with averages of 10.1 points and 3.6 assists per game.
In his second season, Zach LaVine earned $2,148,360 and increased his scoring average to 14.0 points per contest. The Washington native completed his four-year rookie contract by making $2,240,880 in Year 3 and $3,202,218 in Year 4.
However, by Year 4, LaVine wasn’t in Minnesota anymore. The Wolves traded him to the Bulls on draft night in the summer of 2017. LaVine averaged 18.9 points per game during Year 3 for the Wolves before he tore his ACL. The franchise traded the shooting guard and Kris Dunn to the Bulls for All-Star small forward Jimmy Butler.
Zach LaVine played in only 24 games during the 2017-18 season. He missed the majority of the year recovering from his ACL injury. LaVine averaged 16.7 points per contest for the Bulls after returning. He entered restricted free agency in the summer of 2018 after Chicago offered him a qualifying offer worth $4.3 million.
The Sacramento Kings tried to steal LaVine away from the Bulls. LaVine agreed to an offer sheet with the Kings but the Bulls matched it. The deal was a four-year contract worth $78 million.
Zach LaVine made $19,500,000 in 2018-19, the first year of his new contract. He averaged 23.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists for the Bulls, so Chicago clearly made the right decision by matching the Kings’ offer sheet for Zach.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19, LaVine was scheduled to make $19,500,000 again. The two-time Slam Dunk Champion averaged 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Bulls in 60 contests prior to the NBA suspending games.
Moving forward, Zach LaVine will make $19,500,000 in 2020-21 and $19,500,000 in 2021-22. The Bulls would be wise to sign him to an extension before the summer of 2022 arrives.