De the restricted and unrestricted free agents remaining in the market, Lauri Markkanen it was one of the most sought after. Free agent with restrictions, it seemed clear that he was going to leave Chicago, after the landings of DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, y Alex Caruso this preseason, but his departure was not easy, so much so that everything has been resolved with a ‘sign-and-trade’ and a three-way operation.
Markkanen signed with the Bulls for four years and $ 67 million and was immediately transferred to Cleveland, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski. The new team of Ricky Rubio has appeared by surprise on the horizon of Markkanen that was wanted by several teams, some even with certain aspirations to fight for the title.
In exchange for the Finnish player and his succulent new contract, the Bulls take Derrick Jones jr, a protected first round from Blazers and a future second round of the Cavs. To make the operation possible, the Portland Trail Blazers that they took to Larry Nance Jr. from Cleveland.