Lauri Markkanen and the Bulls, it’s over. The Finn is sent to Cleveland where he will try to relaunch his career. Portland is also in the operation.
It was a little too calm these past few days in the NBA on the trade front. Shams Charania of The Athletic announced a pretty interesting three-team move for the weekend, involving the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers. At the center of the deal, Lauri Markkanen , the Finnish interior, who we felt was about to leave Windy City. The latter leaves Chicago via a sign and trade.
According to Woj, therefore, Markkanen will try to make a fresh start in Cleveland for a deal of around $ 15 million per season, while Derrick Jones Jr a 1st round of Draft 2022 and a 2nd round protected in 2023, spin off in Chicago. At the same time, for the deal to work, Larry Nance Jr will strengthen the Blazers’ racquet.
It is very possible that everyone will emerge a winner from the operation. Lauri Markkanen will change the scene and will have the confidence of the staff and playing time. Derrick Jones is an interesting contribution for the Bulls already authors of an intriguing recruitment in a good sense. And the athletic impact of Larry Nance will not be too much on post 4 for Portland.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski adds that the 1st round recovered by Chicago is that of Portland for 2022 and is protected from the lottery until 2028. The 2nd round 2023 sent by the Cavs to the Bulls is that of the Denver Nuggets.