Rather than place all their eggs at the free-agency basket, the Chicago Bulls broke open their piggy banks early.
To begin with , they matched Zach LaVine $78 million offer sheet from the Sacramento Kings past offseason. They traded for Otto Porter Jr. in the 2019 deadline, taking around the $27.3 million owed next year and his $28.5 million player option for 2020-21.
Some may argue about if LaVine and Porter should be a roughly $46 million mix. However, in Chicago, it may do the job. Since other franchise pillars Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. have numerous years left on their newcomer deals, the money largely balances out. The Bulls should still have about $20 million to invest.
They appear to have a foundation around which they can build. While Carter suffered a thumb injury before Porter arrived, the latter has had the chance to create some chemistry with LaVine and Markkanen. That trio has generated an eye-opening 6.6 internet evaluation across 288 shared minutes.
Especially if Chicago adds yet another top-five pick this summer, it could be assembling a solid 25-and-under collection.
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