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Demar DeRozan joins Chicago Bulls after sign-and-trade with San Antonio Spurs

Reports say the Spurs will get Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, a future first-round pick and second-round picks in 2022 and 2025; adding DeRozan would cap a momentous few days for the Bulls, who acquired Lonzo Ball and have a deal in place with Alex Caruso

DeMar DeRozan is set to join the Chicago Bulls (AP)
Image: DeMar DeRozan is set to join the Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have acquired small forward DeMar DeRozan on a three-year, $85m contract as part of a sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs, according to US reports.

The Bulls on Tuesday agreed a deal with the Spurs that can become official on Thursday.

ESPN reported the Spurs will get Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, a future first-round pick and second-round picks in 2022 and 2025. The first-round pick will convey by 2025, per the report. Young and Aminu are on expiring contracts.

Adding DeRozan would cap a momentous few days for the Bulls, who acquired Lonzo Ball and have a deal in place with Alex Caruso, adding to a backcourt that already includes Zach LaVine and Coby White.

DeMar DeRozan (AP)
Image: DeRozan averaged 21.6 points and a career-high 6.9 assists in 61 games last season

Bulls president Arturas Karnisovas needed to facilitate a sign-and-trade agreement to make the deal work under the salary cap. Per NBA rules, the first year of any sign-and-trade deal must be fully guaranteed.

The 26-year-old LaVine is eligible for a maximum-level contract extension this summer.

DeRozan averaged 21.6 points and a career-high 6.9 assists in 61 games with the Spurs last season, and previously played for the Toronto Raptors.

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He was acquired by the Spurs from the Raptors in the trade that sent Kawhi Leonard to Toronto.

A four-time All-Star, DeRozan has averaged more than 20 points in each of the past eight seasons with Toronto and San Antonio.

DeRozan, who turns 32 on Saturday, figures to form a high-scoring trio with Olympian LaVine and two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, with Ball leading a revamped backcourt.

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