The Bulls will play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Here’s what you need to know:
Orlando Summer League: July 1-5, 6th “Championship Day”
Utah Summer League: July 3, 5-6
Las Vegas Summer League: July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Orlando Summer League: Amway Center practice court
Utah Summer League: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Las Vegas Summer League: Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will be broadcasted live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer League’s are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of July 5th
The Bulls will play in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Players expected to compete: Lauri Markkanen, Amida Brimah, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine, Paul Zipser, Antonio Blakeney, Chris Walker, Cameron Payne, Brady Heslip, Ryan Arcidiacono, Dejan Todorovic, Jerrelle Benimon, and Nikola Jovanovic.
Maybe the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to bolster their summer league team. No probably not, but the Jimmy Butler deal brought over two key players as the defending summer league champions try to defend their title. While last year’s title game MVP Jerian Grant won’t play this year, the Chicago will replace him with former number five overall pick Kris Dunn. Dunn, Paul Zipser, Cameron Payne, and title game hero Denzel Valentine give the team plenty of NBA talent.
Amida Brimah and Chris Walker give the team tons of defense and athleticism down low. Antonio Blakeney, former teammate of Ben Simmons at LSU, gives the Bulls a nice backup combo guard to go behind Valentine and Dunn.
Former Villanova star Ryan Arcidiacono will join Chicago in Vegas. Arcidiacono spent the 2016-17 season with the Austin Spurs, averaging 6.5 points with a 42.1 three point percentage.
Canadian sharpshooter Brady Heslip will play with the Bulls this summer. Heslip was the starting point guard for the 2017 G-League Champions, Raptors 905, while averaging 16 points per game and shooting 41.8% from three on over nine attempts per game.
Player to Watch: Kris Dunn
Huge expectations were laid down on Dunn, and he did not fulfill them. Dunn was supposed to take the starting job away from Ricky Rubio, but he could not do so and he barely got minutes off the bench.
A change of scenery could help Dunn. The Bulls are in rebuilding mode and just cut Rajon Rondo, leaving the door open for Dunn to show his talent.