Chicago Bulls Add Mac McClung On Latest Hardship Deal

First Alex Caruso, now Mac McClung.

The Chicago Bulls continue to snatch players out from under the Lakers, inking Mac McClung to their latest 10-day hardship deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

McClung went through training camp with the Lakers before signing with the team’s G-League affiliate. In 13 games with the South Bay Lakers this season, McClung has averaged 19.5 points with 6.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He also shot an efficient 47.5 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from downtown.

If McClung’s name sounds familiar to you, I won’t be surprised. The 6’2″ guard has been a viral sensation since his high school days, garnering fame as one of the countries most emphatic dunkers. He went on to attend Georgetown University for two seasons where he was coached under former-Knicks big man Patrick Ewing. McClung then transferred to Texas Tech for the 2020-21 season, where he averaged 15.5 points for the Red Raiders before electing to join the NBA Draft, where he went undrafted.

McClung does seem to fit the bill for this Chicago Bulls front office. An energetic and athletic backcourt player who has shown an improved playmaking ability at the next level, McClung should give the depleted Bulls another transition scorer that can quickly adapt to the team’s style of play. Unlike Alfonzo McKinnie, however, I find it hard to believe McClung could make a surprising case for a permanent roster spot.

Anyway, I need a Caruso alley-oop to McClung like I need oxygen.

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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