Didn't secure Zach or acquire a legitimate star player. It's possible Zach leaves next season and this team is stuck with a bunch of mediocre and/or developing players.
That being said, the Bulls acquired very good complimentary pieces to surround Zach with, if the plan is to indeed build around him. Let's hope it all works out and he stays... And that Zach proves he's the type of player you can build a winning team around.
Zach can’t sign his full value extension until next summer. As I recall, the only way to have extended him this summer would have made it impossible to sign Ball and Caruso.
There’s really now doubt the Bulls and Zach discussed all this agreed to let them spend elsewhere now so that when they max him next summer he gets his full value along with much better teammates.
This was all worked out ahead of time.