The Chicago Bulls have decided to waive 22-year-old guard Devon Dotson.
Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley brought Dotson on board via a two-way contract after the Kansas Jayhawks point guard went undrafted in the 2020 draft. Over the past two seasons, he appeared in just 22 games for the organization, splitting time between the pros and G-League.
We have waived G Devon Dotson.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 17, 2022
Much like what we saw when the team waived Alize Johnson and signed Alfonzo McKinnie earlier this season, the Bulls front office immediately flipped Dotson for forward Malcolm Hill. The 6’6″ former Illini signed a 10-day hardship contract with the team on January 13th. He appeared in his first game with Chicago on Saturday against the Boston Celtics, playing a pivotal 18 minutes while scoring 5 points and providing some impressive defense down the stretch.
After hitting a huge 3-pointer to cut the Celtics’ lead to just one in the 3rd quarter, Hill proceeded to play 9 minutes in the final frame. He took a charge on Jayson Tatum before playing some great defense on Jaylen Brown that eventually forced a travel call. Combine that outing with his impressive 13-point, 3-steal performance against the Bulls while with the Atlanta Hawks on December 29th, and it became clear some team was going to give him a bigger opportunity sooner than later. Turns out, that team is the Bulls.
Hill isn’t going to fill the hole this team has in the frontcourt, but he does make a lot more sense for this guard-heavy roster. Hill should provide more physical play at the wing position while offering the Bulls another player who can guard multiple positions. Hill has never been the most athletically gifted player on the floor, but he’s played with great hustle since his days in the Big Ten and possesses an adequate jumper.
I’m sure we’ll see plenty more of Hill for this depleted team in today’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Welcome to the squad, Malcolm!