There seems to be an attachment between Anthony Davis and the Bulls. And while the Lakers obviously stand a strong chance at re-signing him this summer, it seems more than plausible that the Bulls will be inserted into the conversation when the time comes.
Bleacher Reports’ Eric Pincus recently opened up on how an AD acquisition could be made possible for Chicago.
“The Bulls won’t have that space if Otto Porter opts into his final year ($28 million), but if he chooses to opt out, Chicago is awfully close to that mark for Davis. They’d need to renounce the rights to Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine, but they could be a couple of million short depending on where their 2020 first-round pick lands. The higher in the draft, the more cap space it eats up. If they can find a taker for Cristiano Felicio, that would help. If not, they can waive and stretch his last year’s salary out over three seasons at $2.5 million a year. Without Porter, Dunn, Valentine and Felicio, they’d easily have room to just sign Davis outright. The key factor is Porter’s decision.”
Through seven games, Davis is averaging 26.6 points and 10.9 rebounds and has led the Lakers to an impressive 7-1 record to start the season.
He and James have hit an unstoppable groove of late, and we don't see them slowing down anytime soon.
But if the Bulls can at least create the space for Davis, who has made it clear he will enter free agency this summer, they might become a realistic option for the All-NBA big man. They have to be smart from here, though.