From DeMar DeRozan to the Sacramento Kings


DeMar DeRozan will not be returning to Chicago this fall.

According to an ESPN report, the veteran will head to Sacramento to join the Kings in a sign-and-trade deal with the Bulls, ending his three-year tenure as a key catalyst in Chicago.

This is the latest major step towards a serious rebuild for the Bulls, breaking up the central trio that has defined the roster's focus over the past three years. In the process the Bulls have lost their locker room pulse as the team embarks on a rebuilding process around younger players.

The Bulls will receive fourth-year shooting guard Chris Duarte in the trade, plus two second-round picks and cash considerations. Duarte averaged 3.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 12.2 minutes per game for the Kings last year. He is a career 34.7% shooter from behind the arc. Duarte began his career with the Indiana Pacers after being selected No. 13 in the 2021 draft. This season is the final year of his rookie contract.

The San Antonio Spurs – another former team of DeRozan’s – facilitated a three-way trade, receiving Harrison Barnes and the final two years of his salary (at an $18 million annual average), allowing the Kings to accommodate DeRozan under the cap.

According to ESPN, DeRozan's new contract will be three years, worth over $70 million.

After joining the Bulls on a sign-and-trade deal with the San Antonio Spurs in 2021, DeRozan was a vital part of the “Big Three” at the center of the Bulls roster alongside Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic over the past three seasons.

DeRozan had a career renaissance in Chicago, earning back-to-back All-Star selections in 2022 and 2023 after a three-year absence from the weekend during his tenure with the Spurs. The early months of his debut year with the Bulls were full of promise as he provided balance to LaVine's high-flying shooting.

Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) drives to the basket during a game between the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. (Vincent Alban/Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan drives to the basket during a game between the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. (Vincent Alban/Chicago Tribune)

Despite seeing a slight drop in his scoring last season, DeRozan averaged 25.5 points and 5.1 assists in three seasons in Chicago.


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