Free Agent Rumors: LaVine, Harden, Gallinari, Haslem

Just before the official start of free agency on Thursday night, Shams Charania said on Stadium’s free agency show (video link) that he expects Zach LaVine take some time to finalize his decision as an unrestricted free agent.

“He will speak with the Bulls tonight and they’re going to make an offer,” Sharania said. “Both sides will talk in the run up to free agency later tonight tomorrow. I don’t expect Zach LaVine’s decision to be a first-night decision. It will take time to deliberate. It is also going to have maximum offers potentially in the market.

A report released earlier today said LaVine is set to return to the Bulls on a five-year deal that should be worth the max. However, it looks like the 27-year-old wants to at least weigh up his options before officially committing to Chicago.

Here are some other free agency rumours:

  • James Harden and the Sixers intend to meet this weekend to negotiate his new deal, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Harden declined his $47m+ player option for 2022/23 this week and reportedly intends to sign a new contract at a lower starting salary to help accommodate the team’s reported deals with P.J. Tucker and Daniel House.
  • Danilo Gallinarithe free agent decision could come down to the Bulls and Celtics as he considers his next team, according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer (Twitter link). Fischer suggests that Chicago is willing to offer most of its mid-level exceptions to non-taxpayers (about $8 million) while Boston will likely be limited to the MLE taxpayer ($6.5 million), but Gallinari may still prefer the C. The veteran forward was reportedly waived by San Antonio.
  • The Heat sent a delegation of employees Udonis Haslemholiday in Orlando to offer him a return to the team for a 20th season, according to The Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds and South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman (Twitter connections). Obviously, the Heat don’t expect to face significant competition for Haslem, but they want to show his “continued importance and value” to the organization, Reynolds says. Haslem is reportedly still pondering whether or not to continue his playing career.

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