Nikola Vucevic’s future seems to go through Chicago. According to Joe Cowey, a journalist for the Chicago Sun Timesboth parties are interested in signing a contract extension, and could start negotiating on it once the start of the season approaches.
The center arrived at the Bulls in 2021, when the Illinois took advantage of the fact that the Magic broke their project to get him. Last year, the first he played entirely in Chicago, Vucevic averaged 17.6 points and 11 rebounds, becoming one of the team’s important men in a season that ended with more than positive results. However, his averages were the lowest of his career since 2018, and his intermittency and his defensive deficiencies weighed down the team on some occasions.
Nikola now faces the last year of his contract, in which he will receive a total of 22 million dollars. At 31 years old, it is hard to imagine that the 100 million in four years that he signed the last time he was a free agent can serve as a reference for this new negotiation, but it will be necessary to see how much the Bulls manage to save to keep him in the team while they get some more room to improve the template.
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