The Chicago Bulls have made another free agency move!
The Chicago Bulls are signing French shooting guard Adam Mokoka to a two-way contract, sources tell The Athletic. The 6-foot-5 Mokoka went undrafted this year after withdrawing from the 2018 NBA Draft.
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Adam Mokoka’s impact on the Bulls will not be nearly as immediate as Thaddeus Young or Tomas Satoransky, but he is an NBA-prospect that has a lot of room to grow.
The team has signed him to a two-way contract, which means that he will most likely be starting thing off in the G-League with the Windy City Bulls. For those of you who are unfamiliar with how a two-way contract operates, it means that the player’s salary differs depending on whether he is on the Bulls official roster or G-League roster. NBA rules specify that a team can have up to two players who are on two-way contracts sitting on their bench at any given time. For example, this was the same deal Bulls players Brandon Sampson and Rawle Alkins were on last season.
Mokoka, a French-born professional basketball player, originally thought he could find his way into the NBA last offseason when he registered for the NBA Draft. Although on the withdraw deadline, Mokoka pulled his name out of the available players and opted to wait for the 2019 NBA Draft. Regardless, the shooting guard went undrafted, but now finally found his way to the NBA.
Honestly, it’s quite hard to find a decent consensus on this guy. He appears to be very unproven, but he does have some hopeful spurts of athleticism that makes him look like an intriguing prospect.
During his most recent time with KK Mega Bemax this past season (a professional Serbian team), he averaged 11.7 points per game in Liga ABA. It’s tough to judge exactly what he can do based on the information out there, but I would recommend going to check out these two scouting reports that probably provide the best in-depth look at the Bulls new guard.
In general, when you watch Mokoka run up and down the court, he looks like a tough, long shooting guard. He doesn’t appear to be that natural of a scorer (again hard to judge), but he plays some hard-nosed defense and looks to have some scrappy hands.
At the end of the day, the guys have been getting NBA looks for the past several years, so it doesn’t hurt for the Bulls to take a chance on him with a two-way contract. If anything, the Bulls will try to develop a decent bench player in the G-League, otherwise, they’ll move on.