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Otto Porter makes Forbes' annual list of highest paid athletes

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Otto Porter makes Forbes' annual list of highest paid athletes

Otto Porter makes a whole lot of money.

The Bulls small forward checked in at 85th on Forbes' annual list of the highest paid athletes, which takes into account both professional salary (and winnings) as well as endorsement money. Porter made $26 million this season and added another $500,000 in endorsements, giving him a total of $26.5 million in earnings between June 2018 and June 2019. He's sandwiched between No. 85 Odell Beckham Jr. ($26.5 million) and No. 87 Andre Drummond ($26.4 million).

A whopping 35 NBA players on the list, led by 8. LeBron James ($89 million), 9. Stephen Curry ($79.8 million) and 10. Kevin Durant ($65.4 million). NBA'ers had a cumulative earning of $1.3 billion, the most of any sport on the list. Football ($775 million) and soccer ($607 million) were next among sports.

Porter originally signed a four-year, $106 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets in 2017, a contract the Washington Wizards matched. The Wizards then dealt Porter to the Bulls in February in exchange for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, who incredibly did not make Forbes' list.

Porter was impressive in 15 games for the Bulls after the trade, averaging 17.5 points on 48.3% shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He suffered a shoulder injury in March and was shut down as the Bulls began tanking for a better draft pick wanted to see some development out of their younger players toward the end of the season.

What's surprising is Porter actually moved down 16 spots from last season despite making more money. Porter was the 69th highest paid player last year, making $25.3 million. Contracts in professional sports continue to increase seemingly by the day, so we'll have to wait and see where Porter is next year when he's slated to make $27.25 million from the Bulls in addition to any endorsements. He'll make $28.5 million in 2020-21, the final year of his contract.

\This past year, $27.75 million (his Bulls salary plus endorsements) would have placed him 75th on the list, just in front of French soccer star Antoine Griezmann.

 

Bulls Talk Podcast: Kendall Gill on boxing broadcasting, debate over the East’s top team

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Kendall Gill on boxing broadcasting, debate over the East’s top team

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson discuss Kendall’s broadcast career in boxing and the latest NBA news.

0:45 - Kendall on calling the Pacquiao fight

2:10 - On seeing Pacquiao up close and a new appreciation for his skill

4:05 - KG on his crossover in his 50+ basketball league and tagging Vincent Goodwill

6:18 - Reaction to Carlos Boozer getting cut his from his Big 3 team

8:40 - Kendall on Thad Young getting Team USA invite and why he’d decline it

12:18 - On Wendell Carter Jr passing on throwing out the first pitch at the White Sox game Monday night

13:50 - On Kyle Korver signing with the Bucks

15:20 - Debating who’s the favorite in the East: Bucks or Sixers?

19:30 - On Ricky O’Donnell and his quote on Arci and White

21:30 - Challenge of Boylen keeping his players happy with the rotation

22:30 - On Bulls bringing Shaq Harrison back and having 5 point guards

25:45 - Why stretching Felicio is unlikely at this point in the offseason

26:44 - On Tim Duncan becoming an assistant coach with the Spurs

30:20 - No Justin Holiday return to the Bulls

31:00 - On the Lakers signing Giannis’ younger brother

Listen to the entire podcast here or the embedded player below.

Bulls Talk Podcast

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Bulls forward Thaddeus Young invited to USA Basketball training camp for 2019 FIBA World Cup

Bulls forward Thaddeus Young invited to USA Basketball training camp for 2019 FIBA World Cup

Thaddeus Young could don one more different jersey before he hits the court with the Bulls for the first time.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Young has been invited to participate in USA Basketball's training camp roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Team USA has seen several star NBA players withdraw their name for consideration from the team in recent days, including Wizards guard Bradley Beal and 76ers forward Tobias Harris. Thus, there is at least a small chance that Young makes the final roster, which would be the fourth-straight World Cup in which a Bull plays for Team USA

Derrick Rose donned the stars and stripes in both 2010 and 2014, following Kirk Hinrich in 2006 and Jay Williams in 2002. Perhaps Bulls guard Zach LaVine will be the next player to receive an invite?

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