Headlined by second-year swingman Tony Snell and first-round draft pick Doug McDermott, the Bulls officially announced their roster for the upcoming NBA Summer League on Tuesday.
Snell, McDermott and second-round pick Cameron Bairstow are the obvious names, with other familiar faces including local products Brandon Paul, a former star guard at Warren Township High School and the University of Illinois, and Chicago native Lazeric Jones — like Derrick Rose, a guard from Simeon Career Academy — who played collegiately at UCLA. Also playing for the team will be point guard Kendall Williams, an ex-teammate of both Snell and Bairstow at the University of New Mexico, and big man Davante Gardner, who suited up alongside Bulls starter Jimmy Butler at Marquette for a year.
Other players fresh out of college who will play for the Bulls include Canisius point guard Billy Baron, who is best known for his shooting ability, as well as UCLA big man David Wear and Morehead State rebounding machine Chad Posthumus. Lance Thomas, a forward with NBA experience, is the elder statesman on the roster, and another recent college standout is ex-Georgetown guard Austin Freeman.
The summer-league team, which will again be coached by Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, has recently started to practice at the Berto Center in preparation for their trip to Las Vegas this weekend, with their first game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT against the Clippers. As Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau recently indicated, the aforementioned Rose is taking part in the team's practice, though the former league MVP is not expected to travel to Las Vegas and certainly not play in the actual games.
Coby Karl, a former NBA guard and the son of former NBA head coach George Karl, will also be on the coaching staff, while two notable omissions are big man Greg Smith, who has been rehabilitating a knee injury suffered in Houston since the Bulls acquired him late last season, and longtime head athletic trainer Fred Tedeschi.