Chicago Bulls: Ranking 3 best contracts on the roster right now

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1. Zach LaVine, Shooting Guard

The best player that the Bulls have left on the roster this season isn’t their highest-paid. And while it might not be the most valuable player that the Bulls could use in a potential trade package this coming offseason, the contract of shooting guard Zach LaVine is still giving the new look front office-to be a lot of versatility.

LaVine is currently in the second year of a four-year contract that is worth $19.5 million each season. That is the deal that the Bulls gave him when they outbid the Sacramento Kings in his stint in restricted free agency back during the 2018 offseason. If LaVine continues to produce at the level he’s at right now, then he could be moved if Karnisovas feels it’s best.

The rookie contract that the Bulls had LaVine on originally expired around two years ago. He was getting paid $3.2 million in his first season with the Bulls, after landing in Chicago from that Jimmy Butler trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. That roughly $16 million jump in base salary is a move that was well worth it for the Bulls front office.

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Moreover, LaVine played in 60 games this season while averaging a career-best 25.5 points per game, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.5 steals, while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 80.2 percent from the charity stripe. He is currently the second-highest paid player on the roster behind small forward Otto Porter Jr.