Rondo officially becomes a Bull
On Thursday afternoon, Rajon Rondo officially became a Chicago Bull.
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.”
Rondo: "I'm stubborn but intelligent. People look at it as a knock but I think that's what makes me great."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 7, 2016
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:
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.
@orlandoj07 I don't think I would have a choice. Lol
— Doug McDermott (@dougmcd3) July 6, 2016
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:
Poll – What should @dougmcd3's new number be? He will use this poll to decide.
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) July 7, 2016
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:
I'm extremely excited to start this new chapter and be a part of the Bulls organization!!
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) June 17, 2016
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 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.
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