Rather than put all their eggs at the free-agency basket, the Chicago Bulls broke open their piggy banks .
Firstthey matched Zach LaVine $78 million offer sheet from the Sacramento Kings last offseason. They traded for Otto Porter Jr. in the 2019 deadline, taking on 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 may work. Since other franchise columns Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. have numerous years left on their newcomer deals, the cash mostly balances out. The Bulls should still have approximately $20 million to invest this summer.
They appear to have a good foundation around which they can construct. While Carter suffered a thumb injury before Porter arrived, the latter has had the chance to build some chemistry together with LaVine and Markkanen. That trio has produced an eye-opening 6.6 net evaluation across 288 shared minutes.
Particularly if Chicago adds yet another top-five choose that summer, it could be building a formidable 25-and-under collection.
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