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Report: Bulls signing Luke Kornet for guaranteed $4.5M over two years

Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY APRIL 1: Luke Kornet #2 of the New York Knicks dunks the ball against the Chicago Bulls on April 1, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Just three 7-footers have averaged 3.5 3-pointers per game and made 35% of them each of the last two seasons:


  • Lauri Markkanen
  • Luke Kornet
  • Kelly Olynyk

The Bulls will now have most of them.

Markkanen is Chicago’s top young player. Kornet will join him with the Bulls next season.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

I’m a little surprised Kornet got more than his minimum ($3,383,360 over two years). But it’s worth taking a flier on him.

In addition to his outside shooting, Kornet has shown good timing as a shot-blocker in two seasons with the Knicks. The 24-year-old must get stronger and improve as a rebounder to play major minutes.

But the Bulls won’t have to press him into action. They also have Thaddeus Young, Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio as bigs.