Rather than put all their eggs at the free-agency basket, the Chicago Bulls broke open their piggy banks .
They matched the four-year, $78 million offer sheet by the Sacramento Kings past offseason of Zach LaVine. They exchanged for Otto Porter Jr. in 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 Porter and LaVine ought to be a roughly $46 million combination. But it may do the job. Since other franchise columns Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. have multiple years left on their rookie deals, the cash largely balances out. The Bulls should have about $20 million to invest.
They already appear to have a good base around. Even though Carter suffered a thumb injury before Porter arrived, the latter has had the chance to build some chemistry with LaVine and Markkanen. That trio has generated an eye-opening 6.6 internet rating across 288 shared minutes.
Especially if Chicago adds another top-five choose this summer, it might be assembling a solid 25-and-under collection.