The San Antonio Spurs had interest in signing Lauri Markkanen in free agency, but his asking price exceeded what they were willing to pay, according to Brian Windhorst on The Hoop Collective.

San Antonio, however, signed Zach Collins to a three-year, $22 million deal despite his multiple ankle surgeries. The number San Antonio gave Collins offers some insight into what Markkanen is seeking well beyond that.

The Chicago Bulls sought DeMar DeRozan in a sign-and-trade that could have used Markkanen as a makeweight. The Bulls ultimately agreed to a three-year, $85 million deal with DeRozan and sent back Thaddues Young and future picks.

Windhorst adds that the Bulls could keep Markkanen on a one-year deal.