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Report: Al-Farouq Aminu exercising $10,183,800 player option with Bulls

The Bulls surrendered plenty in their trade for Nikola Vucevic – two first-round picks and Wendell Carter Jr.

An oft-overlooked aspect of the deal with the Magic: Chicago had to take Al-Farouq Aminu, whose $10,183,800 player option for next season was a liability.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Aminu has missed 105 games the last seasons while batting knee injuries. He’ll turn 31 before next season.

That’s a pretty discouraging combination.

The Bulls could stretch Aminu if they want more cap space. His expiring contract might prove useful in facilitating a trade.

But Chicago is probably stuck hoping Aminu – once a steady defensive-minded power forward – stays healthy enough to contribute in a limited role for a team hoping to reach the 2022 postseason.