Bulls officially sign rookie Doug McDermott

Bulls officially sign rookie Doug McDermott
July 22, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

It's been a good day for Bulls rookie Doug McDermott.

The forward was named to the USA Select Team for the second straight year and now has signed his rookie contract with the Bulls, according a team-issued press release. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, per team policy.

"We’re very excited about the addition of Doug. We love the versatility of his game and his ability to shoot,” said Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman in a press release. "He’s a fit for our team and organization on many different levels."

The Bulls traded up for the 22-year-old sharpshooter after the Denver Nuggets selected him with the No. 11 pick in last month's draft. In addition to acquiring forward Anthony Randolph - who the team dealt to Orlando - the Bulls surrendered the Nos. 16 and 19 picks and a 2015 second-round selection. The consensus National Player of the Year had risen up draft boards after returning to Creighton for his senior season, where he averaged 26.7 points per game and led the Bluejays to the NCAA Tournament. He finished his collegiate career fifth on the all-time scoring list (3,150 points) and is one of 11 players to be named an AP All-American three straight seasons.

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McDermott began his pro career with a bang, too, averaging 18.0 points per game in four Summer League games with the Bulls. That included a 31-point explosion against the Nuggets, and though he sat out the Bulls' final contest he was still named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team -- teammate Tony Snell (20.0 ppg) also was named to the team.

McDermott took to his Twitter account shortly after the deal was made public, with a picture of him signing and text saying "A dream come true."

 

The Bulls also announced the signing of Aaron Brooks, who will act as the third point guard behind Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Brooks spent last season with the Rockets and Nuggets, averaging 9.0 points and 3.2 assists in 72 contests.

"We’re excited to add a player as experienced and talented as Aaron to our group,” Forman said in a press release.

The Bulls' roster now stands at 11 following the signings of Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, Hinrich and second-round pick Cameron Bairstow.