Swuul wrote:CobyWhite0 wrote:WindyCityBorn wrote:I think Markkanen is worth keeping...at the the right price. Unfortunately I think at least one team will make a offer that isn’t worth matching. I think he is actually learning how to playing as a big since Vuc have Theis joined the team.
I think 99% of us feel the same way - I'd say the only reason this thread even exists is because some folks think Lauri is worth $20 million/year, while the majority of us think he's worth more like $10 million/year.
Markkanen's QO is $9,026,952 ie pretty close to the $10 mio you are prepared to offer him or the $11 mio Bulls were ready to offer him. Which is why I think he will sign the QO if Bulls offers it, and he is then "free to go" (as by the finnish code of honour he has then fulfilled his part of the agreement with Bulls).
So far Markkanen has in total earned some $13 mio in NBA, and he has stated he has already earned more money than he will ever be able to spend, and money as such isn't the reason he is going to sign or not sign.
When you include this season's salary, Lauri has made just over $20 million so far.
And his code of honor has already been fulfilled as it pertains to the Bulls - his contract expires after the season, at which point he will have no obligation to the Bulls whatsoever.
The Bulls will definitely make a Qualifying Offer, they have to do so to keep Markkanen as a Restricted Free Agent. But that's just a formality, the real question is whether or not AKME plan to offer him a new contract? Or will they tell him and his agent to sign an Offer Sheet?
Or will they work with Lauri and his agent in trying to find a sign-and-trade?