Nigerian-born American professional basketball player Ayo Dosunmu has signed a $21m (18bn) deal with six-times NBA champions, Chicago Bulls
According to ESPN, who spoke with Dosunmu’s agent, the guard, and the Bulls have reached an agreement on a three-year, $21 million contract.
Dosunmu, a restricted free agent who was selected in the second round of the 2021 NBA draft, entered the free agent market this offseason.
In light of Lonzo Ball’s persistent struggles with his knee injury recovery, Dosunmu has been an important player for Bulls head coach Billy Donovan.
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For three months after Dosunmu entered the starting lineup in the middle of his rookie season, he played well.
In 41 games from January 15 to April 10, he scored 11.0 points on 52.1 percent shooting and 5.2 assists per contest.
The 23-year-old was designated as a starter for the 2022–23 season by the Chicago Bulls head coach after evaluating him favorably.
Despite moving to the bench following the February acquisition of Patrick Beverley, he ended up starting 11 more games last season than he did as a rookie.
Since the Bulls drafted him 38th overall in 2021, the former Morgan Park and Illinois standout always has embraced playing NBA ball in his own backyard.
In 157 games with the Bulls, including 91 starts, Dosunmu has averaged 8.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists and has shot 50.6% from the field.