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Who did the Bulls trade for derozan?

According to Wojnarowski, the Bulls will send forward Thaddeus Young and forward Al-Farouq Aminu to the Spurs, along with a second round pick in the 2022 draft, a 2025 second round pick, and a future first round draft pick. NBC ChicagoBulls Reportedly Acquire DeMar DeRozan in Sign-and-Trade Deal With Spurs

Is Demar Derozan going to the Bulls?

Demar DeRozan joins Chicago Bulls after sign-and-trade with San Antonio Spurs. The Chicago Bulls have acquired small forward DeMar DeRozan on a three-year, $85m contract as part of a sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs, according to US reports. Sky SportsDemar DeRozan joins Chicago Bulls after sign-and-trade with San Antonio Spurs

Who did the Bulls sign?

After executing a sign-and-trade to acquire point guard Lonzo Ball from the New Orleans Pelicans, and adding free agent Alex Caruso, the Bulls are signing DeMar DeRozan to a three-year, $85 million deal through a sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs, per The Athletic's Shams Charania. CBSSports.comNBA free agency: Bulls land DeMar DeRozan via sign-and-trade with Spurs for Thaddeus Young, picks, per report

Did Demar Derozan get traded?

DeRozan, who turns 32 on Saturday, spent the last three seasons with the Spurs after being traded from Toronto in the Kawhi Leonard deal. ... The Bulls already acquired guard Lonzo Ball from the Pelicans in free agency, agreeing to a sign-and-trade and a four-year, $85 million deal with Ball on Monday. The AthleticBulls add DeMar DeRozan for 3 years, $85M in sign-and trade with Spurs: Sources

Source - Chicago Bulls, DeMar DeRozan finalizing sign-and-trade deal

ESPN 04 August, 2021 - 05:50pm

Justin Jefferson wasted no time making his name -- and his moves -- known as a rookie.

The No. 22 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft led the Minnesota Vikings in targets (125), receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,400), making an impressive push for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. But while Jefferson was one of the big stories from this deep and talented wide receiver class, there are plenty of others who are still looking to take the league by storm.

Here are seven second-year wideouts with serious breakout potential in 2021.

Claypool was a great addition to the Steelers' passing attack last season. He was unstoppable at getting in the end zone at times thanks to his route running and tracking skills, but I'm looking for more consistency in Year 2 from the raw talent. Once he learns how to condense his size and play in the slot to take advantage of shorter cornerbacks and nickels, Claypool will find his floor around 80 yards per game. He's very capable of putting up high numbers week in and week out, with the potential to become one of the game's best red-zone targets. Especially in a 17-week regular season, I think Claypool could even flirt with Davante Adams-like TD numbers. Glad he agrees.

After just one season, Higgins is already one of my favorite receivers in the NFL. The rangy playmaker is so much fun to watch. He has a long wingspan and shows similarities to ex-Bengal A.J. Green, who the team let walk this offseason in part due to Higgins' promising rookie campaign, in which he led the team in receiving yards and TDs. With a confident Joe Burrow back from injury and rookie Ja'Marr Chase playing opposite Higgins, I see a huge leap in Higgins' numbers this fall. The former Clemson standout is just scratching the surface and still has room to grow, having not yet fully filled out physically at 22 years old. Higgins at this stage reminds me a lot of my former teammate Calvin Johnson, who was a threat early in his career but then transitioned into Megatron after putting in time in the weight room. Johnson's transformation into a dominant WR is a big reason he's getting enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

Jefferson used to come around our practices in Detroit, where his dad, Shawn, was my wide receivers coach. He was a young teenager back then, but I could see he had something special, and sure enough, here we are. Jefferson enters his second season after an inconsistent but flash-filled rookie campaign with a real chance to solidify the WR3 spot in Sean McVay's offense this fall. He'll have to beat out veteran DeSean Jackson and rookie Tutu Atwell, but Jefferson knows the offense, is a true route runner and is a guy who can move the sticks with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp demanding much of the defense's attention.

Hauling in less than half of his targets in 2020 was the result of having inconsistent quarterback play and a case of the drops. Jeudy has acknowledged the drops -- finishing with the second-most (12) by a WR in 2020, according to PFF -- and his determination to improve looks to be paying off, as reports coming out of camp suggest he's playing much better than we saw a year ago. With (hopefully) more consistent QB play, an improved Jeudy looks poised to feast on the perimeter with his speed and route-running ability complementing a healthy and ready-to-rock Courtland Sutton.

Lamb was knocking on the door of 1,000 yards last season and that was without star quarterback Dak Prescott under center for the majority of the year. Putting up so much production catching balls from a hodpodge of QBs has to excite Cowboys fans. Lamb was great at adjusting to the ball when was in the air and showed flashes of polished route running. Imagine what Lamb can do with a year under his belt and Dak (presumably) back on the field. This offense has a lot of confidence in Lamb and no disrespect to Amari Cooper, who started camp on the PUP list after having ankle surgery, but the young playmaker will be the Cowboys' No. 1 receiver before too long.

There's one thing you can't coach in any sport: speed. And Ruggs has it. He's a burner who takes the top of the defense but who's also willing to go across the middle. His rookie performance didn't quite live up to his draft standing as the first of six wideouts selected in the first round -- he and Jalen Reagor were the only two from that group with less than 700 receiving yards in 2020 -- but the excitement in camp surrounding a bulked up Ruggs is reason enough to believe he'll show out in 2021. And he'll need to in a make-or-break year for everyone within the organization.

Shenault brings so much to the table for the Jaguars' offense as a physical wide receiver and a slippery ball-carrier. One of the few offensive bright spots in 2020, he feels like his light will be bigger and brighter after focusing on his health, mentality and craft during the offseason. If this this young, hungry receiver can quickly earn the trust of No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, Shenault should easily build off his rookie production.

No Bull—Chicago’s Reshaped Roster Could Be a Threat

The Ringer 04 August, 2021 - 05:50pm

Splashy moves for Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan have changed the Bulls’ trajectory. But did they put enough around Zach LaVine—especially on defense—to become a major player in the East?

LaVine became an efficient 27 point-per-game scorer last season on a game fueled by explosive at-rim baskets and deep 3s, yet he will now share a backcourt with DeRozan, whose midrange style is a relic of a bygone era of basketball. But DeRozan’s shot selection and playmaking also quietly evolved in his three seasons with the Spurs. Since 2018-19, DeRozan ranks third in isolation scoring efficiency among all 104 players to log at least 200 chances, according to Second Spectrum. Only Steph Curry and James Harden rank ahead of him. Kevin Durant and Zion Williamson are right behind him.

That uptick in scoring efficiency is a by-product of DeRozan’s playmaking development. He takes better shots and looks to pass far more frequently. He weaponizes the threat of his midrange jumper, snaking his way into the paint and using jabs or pump fakes to draw defenders out of position and open passing windows. He plays with a seasoning that he lacked earlier in his career, when he was making All-Star teams.

DeRozan could be a perfect mentor for LaVine, who faces similar questions about his passing ability. But more immediately, DeRozan will provide balance as a shot creator worthy of taking the ball out of LaVine’s hands. DeRozan can now create opportunities for him, or carry the load on nights when he’s feeling it. This is why the Bulls will sign him to a three-year, $85 million contract, after sending Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, a protected first-round pick, and two future second-rounders to the Spurs to acquire him.

Bulls head coach Billy Donovan had a thing for three-guard lineups during his final season with the Thunder. Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Dennis Schröder formed one of the most devastating offensive lineups in the league during the 2019-20 regular season. Expect Donovan to do the same by rolling out lineups with LaVine, DeRozan, and Ball.

The new Bulls trio has complementary skills. LaVine gets to the basket and takes a lot of 3s. DeRozan is a midrange artist. Ball has become a knockdown spot-up shooter who plays well within the flow of the offense by facilitating and cutting.

It’s worth noting that Ball’s improvement as a shooter came once he was connected with Pelicans assistant Fred Vinson, who has become something of a shooting coach guru over the past few years. Ball made 39.7 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3s the past two seasons in New Orleans. Maintaining his mechanics without Vinson’s guidance will be a new challenge. But his success is encouraging.

With DeRozan and Ball able to run the offense, LaVine won’t need to carry such a massive offensive load. He could play off the ball more often, utilizing his versatile shooting and lurking as a constant lob threat. With Nikola Vucevic’s ability to facilitate from the elbows and the post, as well as score inside or from 3, Chicago’s offense has the potential to play different ways and generate baskets from a wide variety of players.

Getting stops will be a concern, though. Ball is a strong defensive playmaker away from the ball who can alertly rotate into the paint to deter would-be attackers, jump into passing lanes for interceptions, and close out onto shooters with both energy and fundamentals. But as a man-to-man defender, he isn’t a stopper. Neither is LaVine. DeRozan seemed allergic to defense in San Antonio. And having Vucevic, a solid-at-best rim protector, behind them to clean up mistakes doesn’t inspire much optimism for Chicago’s ability to have an average defense, never mind a very good one.

After signing with the Bulls in 2018, Jabari Parker said, “They don’t pay players to play defense.” Maybe he was right. Even if the Bulls stink on defense, they’re more than equipped to outscore enough teams to grab a playoff or play-in tournament spot. This team will undoubtedly be fun. But being more than a team that just makes the playoffs requires defense.

Caruso was an important signing in that regard, adding someone who can get stops at the point of attack. Though he didn’t make an All-Defensive team last season, he did receive a few votes. Much like Ball, he’s a good help defender. But he can also be trusted to toggle between wings and guards on the ball. For years, his mere presence on the court helped fuel the Lakers’ defense; he should make a similar impact in Chicago.

Finding more players like Caruso is critical. The Bulls aren’t finished filling out the roster. They have the room exception, worth $4.9 million, still available, as well as the ability to sign league-minimum contracts and sign-and-trade Lauri Markkanen, a restricted free agent. Chicago needs a backup center—Khem Birch, Ed Davis, or Bismack Biyombo?—and anyone who can play defense at wing or forward—Justise Winslow or Andre Iguodala? How about Jarred Vanderbilt or Stanley Johnson? Options are slim.

The Bulls constructed a roster that will be competitive. Defenses will have a hard time stopping them from scoring. Fans will want to watch and fill up seats. This is progress. It beats anything Bulls fans have experienced since before the Fred Hoiberg era. But going from a nice team that competes for the playoffs to being a contender will require Patrick Williams to also make a leap with his own development.

After getting drafted fourth in 2020, Williams showed promise as a rookie, flashing versatility on defense and the ability to create his own shots. As noted in the video analysis of his game below, Williams takes a heavy dose of midrange jumpers at this stage of his career but displays the touch to potentially become a more potent dribble-jumper shooter behind the arc.

The Bulls could also be positioned to make a play for free agents or trade targets. If recent sign-and-trade acquisitions have proved anything, having cap space is overrated. Chicago spent heavily this summer but all of the players it acquired have manageable, tradable contracts. After so many years of losing, it became easy to forget the Bulls are a big-market team with one of the most recognizable names worldwide. Looking competent and competitive on the court could be appealing to the next star who becomes available.

There’s immense risk in Chicago’s approach, though. Acquiring Vucevic required giving up first-round picks in 2021 (Franz Wagner was drafted eighth) and in 2023 (top four protected) or 2024 (top three protected). The pick the Bulls traded for DeRozan will go to the Spurs in either 2025 or 2026, meaning they can’t deal another first until 2027 at the earliest. A lack of draft picks will restrict their ability to make big moves via trade.

Of course, the next domino is having LaVine commit beyond this season. If Chicago is a competitive playoff team, he’ll have all the more reason to sign a five-year, $205 million extension next summer. If not, a long line of teams will be interested in adding him. LaVine will have options, and the pressure is on the Bulls to start winning games. Pressure sure beats the frustrating irrelevancy of the GarPax era. When you’re under pressure, you have something to lose.

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Lauri Markkanen Sought Contract Beyond What Spurs Were Willing To Pay

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The San Antonio Spurs had interest in signing Lauri Markkanen in free agency, but his asking price exceeded what they were willing to pay, according to Brian Windhorst on The Hoop Collective.

San Antonio, however, signed Zach Collins to a three-year, $22 million deal despite his multiple ankle surgeries. The number San Antonio gave Collins offers some insight into what Markkanen is seeking well beyond that.

The Chicago Bulls sought DeMar DeRozan in a sign-and-trade that could have used Markkanen as a makeweight. The Bulls ultimately agreed to a three-year, $85 million deal with DeRozan and sent back Thaddues Young and future picks.

Windhorst adds that the Bulls could keep Markkanen on a one-year deal.

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