The Chicago Bulls had a busy off-season early on, and on Tuesday they expanded their roster again.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls signed a three-year deal worth $ 85 million as part of a sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs.
In return, San Antonio will receive veteran strikers Thaddeus Young and Al-Farouq Aminu as well as a protected first-round pick for 2025 and two future second-round picks.
DeRozan is the third player to have been accepted into the free agency by the Bulls to date, as Chicago guard Alex Caruso signed a four-year deal and Star Guard Lonzo Ball acquired through sign-and-trade last week.
(The Bulls also added Orlando Magic’s Center Nikola Vucevic at close of trading last season.)
After further developing his playmaking skills in San Antonio, DeRozan will join this revamped Bulls team in the 2020/21 season with an average of 21.6 points, 6.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.
There are questions about DeRozan’s fit with the Bulls as he, Zach LaVine and Ball are all at their best with the ball in hand. That is without considering the necessary Vucevic touches.
Fortunately, with DeRozan’s penchant for passing, Ball’s growth as an off-ball shooter last season, and LaVine’s career as a legitimate outside threat, there is hope that the trio can coexist without banishing one role.
The Bulls still have a lot to do this off-season with a handful of squad spots remaining, but Chicago’s core is already showing signs of intrigue.