Deals Officially-Official, Can Derrick Jones Jr. Have a Greater Impact? Jordan Still Drops Jaws, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Deals Officially-Official, Can Derrick Jones Jr. Have a Greater Impact? Jordan Still Drops Jaws, and Other Bulls Bullets

Chicago Bulls

Bulls? Bulls!

  • The Chicago Bulls officially announced the signing of Andre Drummond and re-signing of Derrick Jones Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. As a refresher: Both signed a two-year deal worth $6.6 million and each has a player option for Year 2.
  • Interestingly enough, we didn’t see the team announce either Goran Dragic’s signing or Zach LaVine’s max contract. We also have yet to get word that Dalen Terry has put pen to paper. Does any of that mean anything? No, but it does give us an idea of what official news we’re still waiting on (it’s the offseason, folks, these are the boring details we keep track of).
  • The Derrick Jones Jr. re-signing reminds me a lot of what we saw with Javonte Green last summer. Many believed Green would head out the door after carrying a rather minimal role, but the front office surprisingly signed him to a cheap, two-year deal to keep in the fold. While Jones played more in his first season with Chicago than Green, he still fell in and out of the rotation in a way that made me feel he wasn’t returning. However, the decision to bring him back now has me believing that Billy Donovan and Co. envision a more significant role for him than we saw this past season. And I’m here for it.
  • Jones may not be the bruising force the Bulls need in the frontcourt, but he is an athletically gifted talent who still possesses real two-way potential. His elite length comes in handy as a strong help defender and shot-blocker, and his high-flying capabilities make him a real lob and transition threat. While it’s unclear if Jones can ever develop a consistent jumper, I can still see a world where he becomes an even more reliable presence on the offensive end moving forward. Not only did he show some interesting flashes as a screener this season, but I can see him having a greater impact as a cutter. If the Bulls’ can stay healthy and play the more ball-poppy style they showed in the first half of the season, Jones could really benefit.
  • The Chicago Bulls have until midnight to use the $5.0 million trade exception received in the Daniel Theis sign-and-trade.
  • FWIW: I’d say all signs point to the front office letting this expire. While that’s frustrating when we consider the holes on this roster and the owner’s refusal to spend money, it also isn’t necessarily unusual to let a trade exception go to waste. Sometimes it’s just hard to find the right deal that can fit into that slot, and we all know you don’t want to make a trade just to make a trade. The much more frustrating thing is the fact the organization still has roughly $7.0 million of the MLE at their disposal, but with the luxury tax only a couple of million away, it looks like the Bulls will not put it to use.
  • Michael Jordan highlights from 31 years ago can still put my jaw on the floor:
  • I feel like I say this every time I’m reminded of an awesome Jordan moment … but this has to be one of his best shots ever, right!? He weaves his way around three defenders – two in mid-air – before switching hands and finishing the reverse layup with nothing but ease. How effortless it is for him to be that acrobatic yet explosive around the rim is ridiculous, and I think it’s a good example of why he’d still thrive in the era we play in today. There is just nothing you can do to stop that shot. He channeled a portal and came out the other end.
  • Dominance.
  • Horrible news. I’m really hoping the country can find a way to get Brittney Griner home.
  • Do execs not see Quinn the same way the Bears do?
  • The NHL has entered its most chaotic two weeks of the summer! Make sure you’re following BN Blackhawks and Tab for all the latest!

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.