Yes, I believe it’s in my contract somewhere that if this ever came to pass, I’d have to make this joke: The Bulls got Shaq and Coby back together!
An offseason of small tweaks and adjustments continues for the Bulls as the team decided to re-sign point guard Shaquille Harrison.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 18, 2019
The move doesn’t come as a huge surprise by the Bulls front office, as Harrison put in some quality work toward the end of last season to prove his worth (finished the year 6.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.9 apg). Much like Ryan Arcidiacono, he comes off as another player the Bulls really enjoy having on the practice court. No doubt, Harrison is a scrappy fighter, and he demonstrated a strong defensive prowess during his time with the team last year.
Defensive stats are always a bit hard to quantify, and his defensive rating isn’t all that impressive on its own (110), but NBC Chicago Sports’ Mark Strotman does a really solid job outlining his strengths in this Twitter thread:
Shaq Harrison and Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner Paul George finish the year tied for first with 2.0 loose balls recovered per 36 minutes. #ShaqShtats
— Mark Strotman (@markstrot) April 11, 2019
Harrison plays close to the ball and just finds a way to get his hands right up in your grill. As Strotman points out, he was third in steals per 38 minutes (2.2) and was 7th in the league in contested shots.
No doubt, the guy plays hard and he became a bit of a fan favorite last season. When you compare his re-signing to that of Ryan Arcidiacono (who received a three-year $9 million deal) it’s clear that his value to the Bulls isn’t nearly as high; however, he can be a really solid defensive role player. He adds to the versatility of the Bulls bench, allowing for head coach Jim Boylen to throw a different look out on the court in short minutes if need be.
Keep in mind, his offensive game isn’t bad, it’s just not very good either. Most of his double-digit scoring nights came in blow out loses last season, which makes sense considering he was on the court for significantly more minutes.
As a whole, the re-signing doesn’t move the needle in any certain direction for the Bulls. After the official signing of Luke Kornet to a fully-guaranteed two-year $4.5 million deal, Harrison was a reasonable, inexpensive get.
Although, the move here appears to not be the end of the Bulls offseason transactions. The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported the team’s likelihood to waive G-League standout Antonio Blakeney, and he reiterated the team’s desire to trade Kris Dunn. You have to imagine with the addition of Harrison back to the roster, Dunn will be going by the start of the regular season, the question just becomes where?
Shaq Harrison, whose possible re-signing was reported during summer league, is a Jim Boylen favorite. Yet another example of the influence Boylen has and cohesion with front office.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 18, 2019
Oh, and Harrison is a Boylen-favorite. Probably all that grit.