As opposed to place all their eggs at the free-agency basket, the Chicago Bulls broke open their piggy banks early.
They matched the four-year, $78 million offer sheet by the Sacramento Kings past offseason of Zach LaVine. They traded for Otto Porter Jr. in the 2019 deadline, taking around the $27.3 million owed next season and his $28.5 million player option for 2020-21.
Some may argue about if Porter and LaVine should be a roughly $46 million combination. But it might work. Since other franchise pillars Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. have multiple years left on their newcomer deals, the money mostly balances out. The Bulls should have approximately $20 million to spend this summer.
They appear to have a base around. Even though Carter suffered a thumb injury before Porter came, the latter has had the opportunity to build some chemistry together with LaVine and Markkanen. This 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 building a solid 25-and-under collection.
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