As opposed to put all their eggs at the free-agency basket, the Chicago Bulls broke open their piggy banks .
Firstthey matched the four-year, $78 million offer sheet from the Sacramento Kings past offseason of Zach LaVine. Next, they exchanged for Otto Porter Jr. in the 2019 deadline, carrying 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 mix. However, it might work. Since other franchise columns Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. have numerous years left in their newcomer deals, the cash largely balances out. The Bulls should have approximately $20 million to spend this summer.
They appear to have a base around. While Carter suffered a thumb injury before Porter arrived, 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 rating across 288 shared minutes.
Especially if Chicago adds yet another top-five pick this summer, it might be building a formidable 25-and-under collection.
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