The Chicago Bulls had a few news tidbits over the weekend and here’s a quick recap in case you missed any of it:
- The Bulls went 1-4 during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas last week. Second-year player out of Marquette, Jimmy Butler, looked great in his four outings averaging 20.8 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 43 percent from the field and almost 90 percent from the free-throw line.
- Malcolm Thomas played impressively on the Bulls summer league squad and will most likely take part in the Bulls training camp this fall. The San Diego State product averaged 11.4 points and 12.4 rebounds including back-to-back 16 rebound outings. The 6-9 Thomas showed a lot of activity on the boards and defensively as he registered a block in every game, including three in the finale against the Boston Celtics.
- Marquis Teague really struggled in Las Vegas. The Bulls first round pick out of Kentucky seemed to have a hard time adjusting to the pro-game. In five contests Teague averaged 10.6 points while shooting an embarrassingly low, 29 percent from the field. He also averaged just 3 assists to 3.8 turnovers. Bulls fans hoping he’d be able to step right in and contribute can shelve that notion as the 19-year-old still has a lot to learn about the nuances of professional basketball before he can begin making contributions on the floor.
- Chicago native Nazr Mohammed is reportedly close to signing with the Bulls and could potentially end his professional career in the city that gave him his basketball start. Mohammed is a 13-year veteran who will be playing for his eighth NBA team and his signing effectively means the Bulls are going to let Omer Asik walk in free agency to the Houston Rockets.
- The Bulls are also in talks to sign former Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Hornets shooting guard, Marco Bellinelli, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.