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Bulls to acquire Tomas Satoransky

sign-and-trade deal with the Wizards

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It was wild first day of free agency, with the Bulls getting reserve forward Thaddeus Young but there still remaining a hole at the PG position. Chicago of course wasn’t playing with the top levels of the market, and then throughout the night named targets like Patrick Beverley, Corey Joseph, and Ish Smith (even Ish!) went off the board.

But the Bulls look to have nicely rebounded in a move for the Tomas Satoransky. Per Woj, Satoransky was a restricted free agent but this will be completed via sign/trade (also, the Wizards just picked up Smith and have a big cap crunch). The Bulls are sending a future 2nd rounder (plus another 2nd round swap rights for the pick they sent to the Wizards last year in the Otto Porter deal) to Washington. Early reports are it’s a 3-year deal for around $30m, will have to see if the 3rd year is guaranteed and if the Bulls correctly strayed a bit from their stupid and/or arrogant 2021 plan of only signing two year deals.

Satoransky, in his prime at 28, is a pretty good option for the position next season. He capably filled in for 84 starts the last two seasons in Washington with John Wall always being hurt, and the team performed better than with their star. Looks to be more of the caretaker spot-up shooter type of point guard than one who will generate his own looks, but alongside Zach LaVine that’s a better fit. As a 3-point shooter was a shade under 40% at a under 3 attempts per36. And as a defender he’s reputed as solid and try-hardy, and may actually be good there. He definitely has good positional size listed at 6’7”.

Though not a standout starter-level at the position, Satoransky will be adequate to take the lead role here in Chicago next season. He’s likely a lot better option than the aforementioned Smith or Joseph. And he’s younger than Beverley.

So this would take up all of the Bulls remaining cap room, unless the Bulls can free up space by offloading incumbent starter Kris Dunn. They will also have the room exception available ($4.6m) plus minimum salaries to further fill out the roster.