Chicago Bulls to start D-League team
The Daily Herald‘s Eric Peterson has reported the Bulls are looking to begin a NBA Developmental League team that would start playing in the 2016-17 season. The team will be based in the northern suburb of Hoffman Estates and play in the Sears Centre.
The Bulls released a statement on the matter Friday afternoon:
The Chicago Bulls are seeking to establish an expansion NBA Development League (NBADL) franchise that would begin play at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates for the 2016-17 season,” the statement reads. “The concept of operating a NBADL franchise in the Chicago area is very exciting and represents an investment by the Bulls in the growth of the game of basketball and our brand.
Per the report, the Hoffman Estates village board will discuss the deal Nov. 2 at a special finance committee meeting. The Herald‘s Bulls beat reporter Mike McGraw said the deal should be complete by Nov. 9.
The Bulls were previously associated with the D-League team Iowa Energy from its start in 2007 until 2014, but they never used it much. During that time, the Bulls only sent six players to play for the Energy: JamesOn Curry (2007-08), Demetris Nichols (2007-08), Shannon Brown (2007-08), Cedric Simmons (2007-08), James Johnson (2010-11) and Marquis Teague (2013-14).
Bulls historically have rarely utilized Development League. Let affiliation with Iowa Energy lapse. Starting their own intriguing option.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 30, 2015
Bulls pick up McDermott and Snell’s options
The Bulls announced Friday that they have exercised Tony Snell’s fourth-year option as well as Doug McDermott’s third-year option, so both players will be under contract for the 2016-17 season.
Per HoopsRumors, McDermott is set to make $2,483,040 while Snell will earn $2,368,327.
Snell has started all three games for the Bulls so far this regular season with Mike Dunleavy still sidelined with a back injury. He has 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes while shooting 43.8 percent on field goals and 44.4 on threes. McDermott has acted as the backup small forward, averaging 8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 18 minutes while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 50 percent on threes.
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