Chicago Bulls Salary Archive – 2020/21

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Name 2020-21
Nikola Vucevic $26,000,000
Zach LaVine $19,500,000
Thaddeus Young $13,545,000
Tomas Satoransky $10,000,000
Al-Farouq Aminu $9,720,900
Cristiano Felicio $7,529,020
Patrick Williams $7,068,360
Lauri Markkanen $6,731,508
Coby White $5,572,680
Daniel Theis $5,000,000
Garrett Temple $4,767,000
Denzel Valentine $4,642,800
Troy Brown Jr $3,372,840
Ryan Arcidiacono $3,000,000
Javonte Green $1,517,981
Noah Vonleh (waived) $97,261
Adam Mokoka (two-way)
Devon Dotson (two-way)
Total $128,065,350

Quick:  Over the cap.

Salary Cap: $109,140,000

Luxury Tax Threshold: $132,627,000

Roster Count: 15 guaranteed, two two-ways

Depth Chart:
PG: Coby White, Tomas Satoransky, Ryan Arcidiacono, Devon Dotson (two-way)
SG: Zach LaVine, Denzel Valentine, Javonte Green, Adam Mokoka (two-way)
SF: Garrett Temple, Al-Farouq Aminu, Troy Brown Jr
PF: Patrick Williams, Thaddeus Young, Lauri Markkanen (injured)
C: Nikola Vucevic, Daniel Theis, Cristiano Felicio

Note: Teams often adjust their depth chart throughout the season, sometimes game by game.


  • Mid-Level Exception — $4,491,000 (Garrett Temple)
  • Bi-Annual Exception — $3,623,000

Waived Players: Noah Vonleh, Simi Shittu, Zach Norvell Jr

Traded Players: Luke Kornet, Chandler Hutchison, Daniel Gafford, Otto Porter Jr, Wendell Carter Jr

G-League Affiliate: Windy City Bulls (Brad Seymour president, Josh Kreibich general manager, Damian Cotter head coach)

Two-Way Contracts: Adam Mokoka, Devon Dotson

Note: Two-Way Contracts pay $449,115 for the full 2020-21 season, pro-rated based on in-season signing date. Once a player reaches 50 games played, his salary will jump to the minimum for his years of service.

Governor: Michael Reinsdorf

Basketball Executives:

  • Arturas Karnisovas — executive vice president of basketball operations
  • Marc Eversley — general manager
  • Pat Connelly — vice president of player personnel
  • JJ Polk — assistant general manager
  • Steve Weinman — assistant general manager
  • Brian Hagen — associate general manager
  • Jim Paxson — director of pro personnel
  • Doug Collins — senior advisor of basketball operations
  • John Paxon — senior advisor of basketball operations

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Billy Donovan

Assistants: Maurice Cheeks, Chris Fleming, Josh Longstaff, John Bryant, Damian Cotter, Billy Schmidt

Training Staff: Chip Schaefer (director of performance health), Todd Campbell (head athletic trainer), Arnold Lee (assistant athletic trainer), Matthew Johnson (head strength coach), Geoffrey Puls (assistant strength coach)

Pick Swaps

  • 2021 — The Bulls can swap second-rounders with the New Orleans Pelicans (Nikola Mirotic).
  • 2021 — Owe a first-rounder (top-4 protected in 2021, top-3 in 2022, otherwise converts to 2024 and 2025 second-rounders) to the Orlando Magic (Nikola Vucevic).
  • 2022 — The Bulls can swap second-rounders with the Detroit Pistons (Jameer Nelson), may go to the Sacramento Kings (James Ennis, Xavier Tillman  Jr). May swap with the Los Angeles Lakers second-rounder from the Washington Wizards (Tomas Satoransky).
  • 2023 — Owe a first-rounder (two years after the 2021 obligation to the Orland Magic, top-4 protected in 2023, top-3 in 2024, otherwise converts to 2026 and 2027 second-rounders) to Orlando (Nikola Vucevic).
  • 2023 — Owe a second-rounder to the Washington Wizards (Otto Porter).

Cash Paid ($5,617,000 max): $0

Cash Received ($5,617,000 max): $1,300,000 from the Boston Celtics (Daniel Theis) — $4,317,000 remaining


  • 8/14/20 — Fired coach Jim Boylen.
  • 9/22/20 — Hired coach Billy Donovan.
  • 11/16/20 — Otto Porter’s opted into his contract.
  • 11/16/20 — Issued a $4,698,198 qualifying offer to Denzel Valentine.
  • 11/16/20 — Issued one-year two-way contract ($50,000 guaranteed) qualifying offer to Adam Mokoka.
  • 11/18/20 — Drafted Patrick Williams (2020-4th) and Marko Simonovic (2020-44th).
  • 11/19/20 — Declined to issue qualifying offers to Kris Dunn, Max Strus and Shaquille Harrison.
  • 11/21/20 — Signed Patrick Williams (2020-4th) to a $32,101,641 rookie-scale contract.
  • 11/21/20 — Denzel Valentine signed his $4,642,800 qualifying offer.
  • 11/21/20 — Signed Devon Dotson to a two-way contract ($50,000 guaranteed).
  • 11/22/20 — Re-signed Adam Mokoka to a two-way contract ($50,000 guaranteed).
  • 11/27/20 — Signed Zach Norvell Jr. to a non-guaranteed $1,445,697 minimum summer contract (Exhibit 9).
  • 11/27/20 — Signed Garrett Temple to a $4,767,000 contract.
  • 11/27/20 — Signed Noah Vonleh to a non-guaranteed $2,028,594 minimum contract.
  • 12/6/20 — Signed Simi Shittu to a non-guaranteed 898,310 minimum summer contract (Exhibit 9).
  • 12/14/20 — Waived Noah Vonleh.
  • 12/19/20 — Picked up the third-year rookie-scale option on Coby White.
  • 12/19/20 — Picked up the fourth-year rookie-scale options on Wendell Carter Jr and Chandler Hutchison.
  • 12/19/20 — Waived Simi Shittu and Zach Norvell Jr.
  • 12/21/20 — Extension deadline on Lauri Markkanen elapsed.
  • 3/25/21 — Traded Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison to the Washington Wizards and Luke Kornet to the Boston Celtics for Troy Brown Jr from the Wizards, and Daniel Theis, Javonte Green and $1,300,000 from the Celtics.
  • 3/25/21 — Traded Otto Porter Jr, Wendell Carter Jr, a 2021 first-rounder (top-4 protected in 2021, top-3 protected in 2022 otherwise converts to 2024 and 2025 second-rounders and a 2023 first-rounder (two-years after the 2021 obligation, top-4 protected (initially in 2023), then top-3 protected (initially in 2024) otherwise converts to 2026 and 2027 second-rounders) to the Orlando Magic for Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu.

Trade Kickers

  • None

Note: Players can waive their trade bonuses.

No-Trade: Denzel Valentine (One-Year Bird)

Expired 10-Day Contracts: None

Qualifying Offers

  • None

Rookie-Scale Options

  • None

Free Agents (with Cap Holds)

  • None

Unsigned Draft Picks:

  • First-rounders: None
  • Second-rounders: Marko Simonovic (2020-44th), Jon Diebler (2011-51st), Albert Miralles (2004-39th)

Non-Guaranteed Salaries — Next Cut-Down Date*

  • None

* Players and teams can agree to push back cut-down dates but not past January 7 each year.

Rookie-Scale Extension Eligible

  • None

Arena: United Center


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(Updated on 5/24/21)

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