Bulls Acquire Tomas Satoransky Via Sign-And-Trade

JULY 7: The Bulls’ acquisition of Satoransky via sign-and-trade is now official, the team announced in a press release.

JULY 1: The Bulls have reached an agreement with the Wizards to acquire restricted free agent point guard Tomas Satoransky via a sign-and-trade deal, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter).

In return, the Wizards will acquire two second-round picks. The 2023 second-round pick (protected 31-36) that the Bulls sent the Wizards in the Otto Porter trade will also have its protections removed as part of this deal, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic (via Twitter).

Wojnarowski (via Twitter) has the full details on the assets the Wizards are acquiring from the Bulls. They are as follows:

  • Either the Bulls’ or Grizzlies’ 2020 second-round pick (whichever is more favorable).
  • The right to swap the Lakers’ 2022 second-round pick for either the Bulls’ or Pistons’ 2022 second-round pick (whichever is more favorable).
  • The 31-36 protection removed from the Bulls’ 2023 second-round pick.

According to Wojnarowski, Satoransky will ink a three-year contract with Chicago. Emiliano Carchia of Sportando (Twitter link) hears the deal will be worth $30MM, while Johnson tweets that the third year isn’t expected to be fully guaranteed.

A former second-round pick, Satoransky has spent his first three NBA seasons in Washington, and assumed the starting point guard role when John Wall when down last season. In 2018/19, he averaged 8.9 PPG, 5.0 APG, and 3.5 RPG in 80 games (27.1 MPG).

While Satoransky isn’t a big-usage player, he has been an efficient caretaker in the backcourt. Last season, he shot .485/.395/.819 and turned the ball over just 1.5 times per game.

The Bulls entered the summer with about $23MM in cap room and intended to use it on a pair of veterans, including a point guard. They reached a three-year, $41MM deal with Thaddeus Young on Sunday night, and now figure to use their leftover space to finalize the acquisition of Satoransky. According to Wojnarowski (via Twitter), the 27-year-old will get the opportunity to start at the point for the Bulls, who will presumably be patient with lottery pick Coby White.

As for the Wizards, they agreed to terms with Ish Smith this morning, but will be in the market for more point guard help with Wall expected to be sidelined for a good chunk of 2019/20. According to Aldridge (via Twitter), they’re talking to Isaiah Thomas and hope there’s a fit there.

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23 thoughts on “Bulls Acquire Tomas Satoransky Via Sign-And-Trade

  1. tharrie0820

    I feel like there was an article not that long ago explaining why sign-and-trades were rare

    • Luke Adams

      There have already been more agreed to this year than in the past four years combined!

      • chiefivey

        i feel like they were normal then became rare because the cap exploded and everyone had cap space. now that it has balanced out they are normal again

        • Luke Adams

          That might have been the case in, say, 2016, but there were more teams this year that had a ton of cap room than in 2017 or 2018. Plus, a lot of the sign-and-trades this year have involved teams that had cap room to sign the players anyway. Based on the deals reported so far, it seems like the main motivations for sign-and-trades have been:

          A) Teams without cap room losing their stars to teams with cap room and wanting to get something out of it.
          B) A team that wants an RFA being willing to offer up assets in a sign-and-trade rather than risk an offer sheet.

          The one exception is the Butler deal, and that one’s still a bit of a mess.

          • Yes we haven’t heard too much of RFA offer sheets. Is that because they can’t happen until July 6th?

            • Luke Adams

              They can technically be signed before then, though the two-day matching clock wouldn’t start until July 6.

    • Luke Adams

      He was restricted, so an offer sheet would’ve tied up their cap room for a couple days while Wizards decided whether to match, and they may have missed out on other options in the meantime.

  2. hoosierhysteria

    Young will help bulls. He was Pacers most consistent player last year. He plays defense…plays hard…quiet leader…good teammate.

  3. SilvioDante

    Much like the Thad Young signing this is a solid move by the Bulls. Clearly not a home run, but I’d say a double down the left field. Satoransky brings plenty of grit and versatility to the roster. More work needed to be done, but GarPax have done alright with these first two moves.

  4. JBHoops

    Just need a center now. Why don’t the Bulls have the MLE available to them? They’re at the cap and they haven’t used an exception in years. Shouldn’t they have the bi-annual exception available too?

    • kingcong95

      If salary + cap holds + exceptions > cap, they have full MLE and biannual. Otherwise it’s just the 5M room exception.

      • JBHoops

        So next year they should have it then if they are at the cap, right? Or does it have to be $1 over?

    • jeremy

      If he willing to come cheap king’s have a young free agent center who might be a decent fit

  5. Eric Olson

    GarPax sure hate 2nd round picks. They seem to include them in every trade.

    • Found his spot when the Wizards slid him into the point guard position when wall went down. Wasn’t doing much as a forward at 6-8 but showed a lot as a point guard. Nice pick up by the Bulls.

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