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Bulls center Luke Kornet’s 2-year, $4.5 million deal is fully guaranteed

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NBA insider Shams Charania announced via Twitter that the Chicago Bulls have signed center Luke Kornet to a two-year, $4.5 million deal.

Kornet played his last two seasons with the New York Knicks. In his most recent campaign, he averaged seven points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 46 games. He showed some talent as a stretch five, shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc.

However, there were several red flags in Kornet’s sophomore season. He shot only 38 percent from the field, horrendously low for a seven-footer. Additionally, only 1.2 rebounds per game as a center is not a good look, even if he was spending a lot of time on the perimeter.

Clearly, the Bulls were ready to take a flier on the big man. Kornet will join a Bulls team that is already chock full of young talent and potential. The Bulls will probably start a lineup consisting of Coby White, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markannen, and Wendel Carter Jr. The oldest player is Porter, who is only 26 years old.

Kornet will get time off the bench when Carter or Markannen need a breather. Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio will compete with him for the minutes.

The Bulls have plenty of players that need minutes to develop their game. Kornet will join this group. We will see if he can give the team productive center minutes off the pine.