Player News - Bulls

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The Bulls are expected to sign Antonio Blakeney on Thursday.

Blakeney lit it up at Summer League for Chicago, posting averages of 21.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and his impressive play earned him a regular-season roster spot with the club. His contract is expected to be a one-year deal for the minimum. As for fantasy hoops, Blakeney will be a non-factor while the team is at full strength.
Jul 18 - 1:56 PM

Wendell Carter Jr. has been named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team.

Carter Jr. looked like a man amongst boys at Summer League, chipping in averages of 14.6 points, 9.4 boards, 1.6 dimes and 2.6 swats per contest on 55% shooting, and the hype train will be humming for him as we approach draft day. Josh Hart, Kevin Knox, Collin Sexton and Christian Wood were also named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team on Tuesday.

Coach Fred Hoiberg praised Jabari Parker and believes he is a "really good fit" with the Bulls.

"He’s great in transition," Hoiberg added. "He’ll fit in very well with the way we want to play as far as getting up and down the floor with pace. I think all across the board it’s a really good fit for us." Parker is still very young and as long as he can get and remain healthy, still has the potential to have a fantastic career. Playing for his hometown Bulls could motivate him even further.
Jul 15 - 11:49 AM

Wendell Carter Jr. scored six points with 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Pistons during an event-ending loss on Saturday.

He finally struggled on offense, making just 1-of-8 from the field and 4-of-8 from the line. Carter's rebounding has been a focus for the Bulls coaching staff, but now his rim protection on defense moves to the foreground because he'll have to help Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker on the wings. You can bet WCJ get at least 1.0 blocks per game in his rookie year. Maybe closer to two.
Jul 14 - 8:52 PM

Antonio Blakeney scored 24 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

It's too bad the Bulls signed power small forward Jabari Parker, because there was a chance we could've seen Blakeney in some spots in possible three-guard lineups. Blakeney just dropped 28 on Wednesday and scored 25 on Saturday, so he's proven to be one of the better scorers in Vegas. He's helped his chances to move up the depth chart.
Jul 14 - 8:50 PM

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski‏ is reporting that Jabari Parker has agreed to a two-year, $40 million deal with the Bulls.

Wojnarowski‏ adds that Milwaukee rescinded Parker's qualifying offer moments before he signed the new deal, making him unrestricted. Parker, who is a Chicago kid, heads home. It's a bit of an odd fit roster-wise, but the Bulls are investing in a talented young player they hope will be able to stay healthy. Also, the second year of the deal is a team option, which mitigates the risk. Chicago could end up starting five players age 23 or younger next season: Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.
Jul 14 - 12:09 PM

Updating a previous item, the Bucks did not rescind Jabari Parker's qualifying offer, according to Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. ‏

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune confirmed this report, so the info is legit. Thus, it means that Bucks will have the opportunity to match the Bulls offer to Parker. However, the Bucks are not expected to match, assuming it comes in at around $40 million over two years. Milwaukee has already agreed to deals with Ersan Ilyasova and Brook Lopez this offseason. As a result, matching Parker's contract would push them very close to the luxury tax.
Jul 14 - 11:10 AM

Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times is reporting that the Bucks have rescinded their qualifying offer to Jabari Parker.

This would make Parker an unrestricted free agent. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reported on Friday that Parker and the Chicago Bulls are progressing on a deal. It's expected to be worth $40 million over two years. We should have clarity on the situation by the end of the weekend.
Jul 14 - 9:18 AM

Restricted free agent Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls are progressing on a deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Per Woj, the discussions over a number of topics are still ongoing. Earlier today, NBCS Chicago reported that Parker was apparently interested in being a Bull, so it sounds like we could have an offer sheet signed at some point tonight. The Bucks would have 48 hours to match.
Jul 13 - 6:08 PM

Jabari Parker "apparently" wants to be a Bull, according to Vincent Goodwill of NBCS Chicago.

After the Bulls rescinded the qualifying offer on David Nwaba, the Bulls should have about $20 million in cap space. Before this new NBCS report, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune suggested that the Bulls have something bigger planned, so a big offer for the Chicago native could be it.
Jul 13 - 4:59 PM

The Spurs and Lakers are among the many teams interested in David Nwaba, according to NBA reporter David Aldridge.

The Bulls rescinded their qualifying offer on Nwaba earlier this week, making him an unrestricted free agent. Nwaba is a defensive-minded combo guard who played well for Chicago last season. If he can improve his offensive efficiency, he has a chance to be a solid contributor next season.
Jul 13 - 9:20 AM

The Bulls have rescinded the qualifying offer on David Nwaba.

That makes him an unrestricted free agent. Nwaba showed he's effective in transition, and he was a solid on-ball defender. He's probably not going to be able to reel in a deal for more than a year or two, but a team like the Rockets should be giving his agent a call. This is also interesting news following Antonio Blakeney thriving in Vegas.
Jul 12 - 8:30 PM

The Bulls have waived Sean Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick was acquired late in the season by the Bulls and played well, averaging 15.4 points and 2.1 triples in nine appearances. The 28-year-old wing has played for six different teams in three seasons and has struggled to find consistency outside of Brooklyn where he had 1.5 strong seasons. He'll be hoping for a camp invite somewhere.
Jul 12 - 1:58 PM

Antonio Blakeney lit up the Mavs on Wednesday, scoring a game-high 28 points with four 3-pointers, four assists, three rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes.

Blakeney made 7-of-13 field goals and was extra aggressive offensively, sinking all 10 of his free throw attempts. He's likely vying for a training camp deal with the goal of landing a two-way contract in the NBA Chicago next season.
Jul 11 - 8:38 PM

Fred Hoiberg praised Wendell Carter Jr.'s instincts on the defensive end following Tuesday's Summer League game.

"His defensive instincts for a 19-year-old kid are off the charts," marveled Hoiberg. "So many kids want to get on SportsCenter throwing the ball into the third row. He keeps his blocks in play, which fuels your fast break. That’s a great skill. He’s mastered at a young age the art of verticality." Carter Jr. has been tearing it up in Vegas with averages of 16.0 points, 7.3 boards, 1.3 dimes and 3.7 swats per contest on 57% shooting. Watch out, the hype train is picking up steam.
Source: NBA
Jul 11 - 12:30 PM


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