Chicago Bulls officially sign Rajon Rondo, Doug McDermott gives up jersey number

Rondo officially becomes a Bull

On Thursday afternoon, Rajon Rondo officially became a Chicago Bull.

@rajonrondo makes it official!

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In a press release, Bulls general manager Gar Forman mentioned how he’s looking forward to adding Rondo to the team.

“We are very excited to add Rajon to our organization. He is a tremendous competitor and a championship-level player,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “He is a battle-tested veteran who has been an All-Star and NBA Champion. He is a terrific distributor and playmaker who we feel be a great addition to our team.”

Rondo met with the media after his signing was made official, and he spoke of getting to play with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, referring to the three of them as the “three alphas,” but ultimately called the Bulls Butler’s team.

Rondo also addressed his attitude, saying he doesn’t think of himself as a dirty player. Rather, he said he “plays to win.”

McDermott gives up No. 3 for Wade

With the unofficial addition of Dwyane Wade to the team, Doug McDermott will no longer wear the No. 3 so Wade can have it. He broke the news on his Instagram:

Deadstock. It's all yours D Wade. #welcome

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Twitter user @orlandoj07 tweeted McDermott late Wednesday morning before it was announced that Wade was coming to Chicago. He wrote, “Hard to imagine @dougmcd3 giving up his jersey number for Wade…,” and McDermott responded, saying he wouldn’t have much of a choice. And he willingly gave it up after the Wade news broke.

McDermott has worn No. 3 since his freshman season at Creighton in 2010-11. He asked Dan Katz of Barstool Sports – Chicago to make a Twitter poll asking what number McDermott should wear on his jersey next:

Bulls waive Dinwiddie

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported Thursday evening that the Bulls have waived point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. The Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson confirmed the move.

The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in mid-June when they traded big man Cameron Bairstow to the Detroit Pistons. He expressed his excitement to play for Chicago soon after the trade was made:

Dinwiddie’s departure leaves the Bulls with two point guards: sophomore Jerian Grant and veteran Rajon Rondo.

Bulls announce Summer League team

Four Bulls will play for Chicago at Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas: Cristiano Felicio, Jerian Grant, Bobby Portis and first-round draft pick Denzel Valentine. Last year, Felicio and Portis played for the Bulls’ Summer League team, and Grant played on the Knicks’ team.

The organization announced its full roster of 11 players Thursday evening, and assistant coach Pete Myers will act as the team’s head coach. Last year, head coach Fred Hoiberg coached the team.

The Bulls will open Summer League play Saturday when they face the Boston Celtics. They then play the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday and the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday, July 12 before tournament play starts.

Listed below is the Bulls’ full roster for Summer League:
2016 NBA Summer League Roster

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.




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<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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