It’s just summer league, but the Bulls put up some miserable shooting numbers in Las Vegas on Monday.
The Bulls lost to the Hawks 75-55, which sounds bad enough by itself. Some of the deeper statistics are sure to make even the most optimistic Bulls fans a bit depressed.
As a team, the Bulls went 4-for-35 from 3-point land. That’s 11.4 percent. The Bulls nearly had as many turnovers (14) and field goals made (16).
The Bulls shot 22 percent from the field (16-for-73). Only one player, former Connecticut center Amida Brimah, shot at least 50 percent from the field. He was 1-for-1.
On the upside, the Bulls made over 90 percent of their free throws, sinking 19 of 21 from the stripe.
The Bulls’ last two first-round picks, Lauri Markkanen and Denzel Valentine missed all 18 threes they attempted. Markkanen bricked 10 long-range attempts while Valentine missed eight.
Markkanen’s summer league isn’t going smoothly so far. Though he played well enough in his first game, he played with a jersey that misspelled his name. Against the Hawks, Markkanen shot 1-13 overall, although he did have nine rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes.
Valentine was 1-12 from the field while adding nine rebounds, three assists and four steals.
The Bulls will be hoping what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
For all the Bulls fans who wanted to see the organization pull off a Carmelo Anthony trade over the years, they just got their wish.
Well, sort of.
According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have agreed to a blockbuster trade which will send Anthony to the Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and the Bulls' 2018 second-round pick.
Coincidentally, the Bulls traded a comparable package to what the Thunder just surrendered for the 10-time NBA All-Star.
Just before the NBA's trade deadline last February, the Bulls sent McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round draft choice to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.
As the Thunder load up for a postseason run in the Western Conference, the Bulls are in the midst of rebuilding year after trading Jimmy Butler earlier this offseason and not having much to show from their previous trade with the Thunder.
The Bulls let Lauvergne and Morrow depart via free agency this offseason, while Payne will start the season on the shelf after undergoing foot surgery.
After the deal becomes official via a league call on Monday, Anthony will join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George in Oklahoma City.
The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Knicks last season.
David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Shepkowski (670 The Score) and Dan Cahill (Chicago Sun-Times) join Kap on the panel. Jake Arrieta will return to the rotation to face the Brewers. Can he recapture his pre-injury form? Mike Glennon gets another start Sunday but should he get the hook if he struggles again?
Plus, the guys discuss the one metric that says the Bulls are the worst team in the NBA.