The Chicago Bulls have reportedly made another big offseason move this afternoon. According to multiple reports, the Bulls are finalizing a sign-and-trade deal with the San Antonio Spurs for four-time All Star DeMar DeRozan.
The three-year deal will pay the 13-year veteran $85 million. The Bulls will send Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, a 2025 first-round pick and 2022/2025 second-round picks to San Antonio as part of the deal, per ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Just yesterday, the Bulls executed a sign-and-trade deal with the New Orleans Pelicans for former No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball, adding him on a four-year, $85 million contract. The team also picked up former Lakers guard Alex Caruso on a four-year, $37 million deal.
DeRozan, Ball and Caruso will join All Stars Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic on an improving Chicago roster. DeRozan and Vucevic were college teammates at USC back in 2008-09.
Full Bulls-Spurs sign-and-trade for DeMar DeRozan on a three-year, $85M deal includes Young, Aminu, the 2025 first-round pick and the 2022 and 2025 seconds to San Antonio.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2021
After nine incredible seasons with the Toronto Raptors (2009-18), DeMar DeRozan spent the last three year with the Spurs.
The NBA world took to Twitter on Tuesday to react to his most recent move.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 3, 2021
Starting five of the Chicago Bulls right now:
PG: Lonzo Ball
SG: Zach Lavine
SF: Demar Derozan
PF: Lauri Markkanen
C: Nikola Vucevic
They should definitely make the playoffs 😳 pic.twitter.com/KIs3BA7cDq
— Statline – Basketball & NBA News (@statline_) August 3, 2021
— Marcus Spears (@mspears96) August 3, 2021
Bulls said bleep it we’re going for it. Sheesh. https://t.co/fC1t541Usl
— Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20) August 3, 2021
— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) August 3, 2021
Bulls added Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan while keeping Coby White, Patrick Williams, and Lauri Markkanen
— LegendOfWinning (@LegendOfWinning) August 3, 2021
Continuing an eight-year streak of seasons averaging more than 20 points per game, DeMar DeRozan averaged 21.6 ppg with the Spurs in 2020-21. In addition to his team-high scoring totals on an efficient 49.5% shooting, the star shooting guard also tossed in 6.9 assists per game.
The Bulls finished 11th place in the Eastern Conference for the second year in a row this past season. But with these offseason additions, the struggling Chicago franchise should see a jump in production this coming year.