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Rather than put all their eggs at the free-agency basket, the Chicago Bulls broke open their piggy banks .
They matched Zach LaVine $78 million offer sheet by the Sacramento Kings past offseason. They traded for Otto Porter Jr. at the 2019 deadline, carrying around 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 should be a roughly $46 million combination. But in Chicago, it might work. Since other franchise pillars Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. have multiple years left on their rookie deals, the money largely balances out. The Bulls should have approximately $20 million to invest this summer.
They appear to have a solid base around which they can build. Even though Carter suffered a thumb injury before Porter arrived, the latter has had the chance to build some chemistry together with LaVine and Markkanen. This trio has produced an eye-opening 6.6 internet rating across 288 shared minutes.
Especially if Chicago adds another top-five pick that summer, it could be building a solid 25-and-under collection.
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