Chicago Bulls

As opposed to put all their eggs at the free-agency basket, the Chicago Bulls broke open their piggy banks early.
First, they matched Zach LaVine’s four-year, $78 million offer sheet from the Sacramento Kings last offseason. They exchanged for Otto Porter Jr. at the 2019 deadline, taking on the $27.3 million owed next year and his $28.5 million player option for 2020-21.
Some might argue about if LaVine and Porter ought to be a roughly $46 million mix. However, it may do the job. Since other franchise columns Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. have numerous years left on their newcomer deals, the money largely balances out. The Bulls should have approximately $20 million to invest.
They appear to have a base around. While Carter suffered a thumb injury before Porter arrived, the latter has had the opportunity to create some chemistry with LaVine and Markkanen. This trio has generated an eye-opening 6.6 net rating across 288 shared minutes.
Especially if Chicago adds yet another top-five pick this summer, it could be assembling a formidable 25-and-under collection.

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