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The Summer League Splash Bros, Chicago Bulls’ Doug McDermott and Tony Snell Receive All-NBA Summer League First Team Honors

July 21st, 2014 at 3:13 PM
By Christopher Terzic

 

Doug McDermott and Tony Snell of the Chicago Bulls entered Summer League as virtual locks to make the Bulls NBA roster. Although Summer League implies a lax and less-than-stellar basketball environment, it’s equally a showcase for young players fighting for NBA entry and acceptance. McDermott and Snell didn’t face that uphill battle 70 percent of their teammates faced – the harsh reality of Summer League as a tryout as opposed to a place for development.

Ostensibly, no matter how well or poorly McDermott and Snell played in Summer League, unlike their peers, it’d have little bearing on their standing in the NBA – that is, until McDermott and Snell outplayed their competition by such a significant margin during the Las Vegas Summer League that it demanded attention usually reserved for Chicago Bears training camp headlines by major Chicago media.

McDermott, a rookie from Creighton University and the NCAA’s fifth all-time leading scorer looked like he was playing in an inferior league for the course of his four games this summer (he was held out of the Bulls final game due to a minor foot injury concern). His offensive repertoire as complete as any in Las Vegas; McDermott also ran off screens and maneuvered without the ball which is what he was brought to Chicago to do (a la Kyle Korver).

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Cameron Bairstow and Chicago Bulls Agree to Deal

July 21st, 2014 at 12:10 PM
By Christopher Terzic

 

Second-round draft pick 6-foot-9 forward Cameron Bairstow and the Chicago Bulls have agreed on a deal in principle expected to be three-years in length but nothing has been made official or available yet. Having played four seasons at the University of New Mexico, Bairstow played in 134 collegiate games and averaged just over nine points a game and just fewer than five rebounds in his career.

The 250-pound Bairstow looked active and aggressive in five Summer League games for the Bulls, averaging 10.2 points per game and 7.0 rebounds while receiving 26.2 minutes a game. Bairstow shot 53.1 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line as well.

His role is not expected to be much for Chicago in 2014-2015, more than likely Bairstow will be one of the last men off the bench. The Bulls’ frontcourt is stocked with players who’ll receive majority of the minutes, and Bairstow’s best purpose will be to serve as a pest in practice. If his Summer League or college tape is any indication, Bairstow looks like a guy you hate to practice against, but love to have on your team. 

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Headed Out West: the Los Angeles Lakers Claim Carlos Boozer

July 18th, 2014 at 5:19 PM
By Christopher Terzic

 

After being amnestied by the Chicago Bulls, former All-Star power forward Carlos Boozer is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers. Boozer was placed on amnesty waivers and only teams with available space under the cap are able to bid on for a player on waivers. The Lakers, among a handful of teams placed bids on Boozer and ultimately snagged the 32-year-old for $3.25 million for this upcoming season.

For the Lakers, they’ll be unable to trade Boozer for the duration of the season adhering to amnesty rules policy – no player claimed on amnesty is allowed to be traded the following season. The $3.25 million bid will cut into the portion of what the Bulls owe Boozer as a strict payment for his $16.8 million on the final year on his contract. So the absolute payment the Bulls owe Boozer comes to $13.6 million.

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Former Chicago Bull Jimmer Fredette Signs with New Orleans Pelicans

July 18th, 2014 at 1:16 PM
By Christopher Terzic

 

Jimmer Fredette’s career hasn’t taken off like his mesmerizing college days at Brigham Young University. The days of pulling-up from 30 feet off-the-dribble once upon a time are long gone as Fredette’s struggled to find an NBA home since being selected number ten overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2011. His time with the Chicago Bulls was brief, and Jimmer-mania is no longer (as if it was ever a craze to begin with in Chicago).

The New Orleans Pelicans signed the guard signed a one-year contract for the veteran minimum. Although Jimmer doesn’t have the green light at the NBA level, he’s shot above 40% from three for his career. Last season, he put up a player efficiency rating of 15.8, and in general his advanced metrics are pretty ridiculous.

New Orleans might be the type of place for Jimmer to focus on what he does best, spot-up and space the floor on a team filled with guys who can make plays with the ball – something Fredette hasn’t shown the ability to do at this point in his career. Jimmer’s never played more than 20 minutes a game in a season, which might be his threshold. In New Orleans, he could finally get that chance to specialize his role, simplifying things for him and grow into an elite shooter role coming off the bench. 

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Chicago Bulls: Team Interested in Free Agent Point Guard Aaron Brooks

July 18th, 2014 at 12:17 PM
By Christopher Terzic

 

According to Aggrey Sam over at CSNChicago.com, the Chicago Bulls have expressed interested in free agent point guard Aaron Brooks. Accounting for the two rookies who project to make the Bulls’final roster – Doug McDermott and Cameron Bairstow. Along with the free agent signings of Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, and Kirk Hinrich – the Bulls are currently at 11 players on their roster, still two spots away from finalizing anything.

Brooks, an aggressive point guard who is listed at 6-foot (but more of 5-foot-10) would fill a role the Bulls are actively in the market for, the backup point guard position. With unrestricted free agent D.J. Augustin signing a two-year, $6 million dollar deal with the Detroit Pistons, the Bulls’ roster is a point guard thin.

In the Las Vegas Summer League, Lazeric Jones, formerly of Simeon high school in Chicago has played point guard for the undefeated (4-0) Summer Bulls and has produced over 10 points a game along with a shooting percentage up above 55% from the field. Potentially, Jones’ play has earned him an invitation to Bulls’ training camp in September. However, Jones is 23 and has never played a minute of NBA regulation basketball.

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