'Hungry' Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot gets fresh start with Bulls

'Hungry' Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot gets fresh start with Bulls

For the first time in three trades that also netted them cash considerations, the Bulls will get to see a new young player in an expanded role.

Saturday’s trade for Thunder wing Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot likely won’t make much of an impact on the remainder of the season, but it’s still an opportunity for the Bulls to see a young player up close and personal before he hits free agency.

“(I) play hard, run the floor, play good defense,” he said Monday after practice, speaking for the first time with Bulls media. “Make the right choices, make good shots. Try to make the right decision every time and just be the guy that you want on your team.”

The acquisition of the 24-year-old wing is different from two other trades the Bulls made earlier in the year, acquiring and eventually waiving Michael Carter-Williams and Carmelo Anthony in separate trades with the Rockets.

Luwawu-Cabarrot comes to Chicago after being buried on the Oklahoma City Thunder depth chart the majority of this season. He’s not guaranteed minutes in Chicago but the path to them will be far easier on a 12-win Bulls team than it was a contender in Oklahoma City. He’s still just 24 years old and is two years removed from being a rotation player in Philadelphia, albeit for a 28-win version that was still in rebuild mode.

But the Frenchman has to be excited at the prospect of earning playing time again. He last played non-garbage minutes on November 24.

“I’m a basketball player and I love the game and it’s been so long since I didn’t see the court so I’m hungry and I can’t wait to play with those guys,” he said.

There’s incentive for him, too. He’ll hit free agency this summer and the final 29 games of the Bulls season will be an audition for 30 teams that otherwise wouldn’t have seen him sitting on the Oklahoma City bench. Perhaps that will be enough to help him improve on a jump shot that’s disappeared in each of the last two seasons and provide some more defensive impact given his solid 6-foot-6 frame.

Luwawu-Cabarrot has averaged 5.5 points on 38.5 percent shooting and 32 percent shooting from deep in 142 career games.

“Obviously it’s a fresh start. I didn’t play for a long time. Fresh start. It’s a young team,” he said. “I see that as a fresh start for me and I’m looking forward to playing.”

Perhaps the Bulls will strike (relative) gold again. Last month they dealt Justin Holiday to the Memphis Grizzlies for two second-round picks and Wayne Selden, and Selden has put together a nice stretch in extended minutes since Chandler Hutchison went out with a broken big toe; Selden is averaging 12.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his last four games.

This isn’t to say Luwawu-Cabarrot (or Selden) are any more likely to be potential targets in free agency this summer, but the Bulls getting extended looks at young wings isn’t a bad thing. Plus, the roster could look different in a few days after the Feb. 7 trade deadline.

NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules


NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

After much discussion over whether or not the NBA should impose harsher penalties on teams for breaking the anti-tampering rules, an official decision has been made. The NBA Board of Governors passed a much more strict set of rules that will force teams to be compliant with the anti-tampering rules.

Among the new measures, the league will be selecting five teams per year that will undergo a "random audit", the maximum amount for a fine related to tampering has been raised to $10 million and team officials are required to save communications with agents for one full year.

The league will also retain the right to take the communication devices of owners if it is deemed necessary in investigations, though it has been stated that it is not something that Adam Silver wants to rely on moving forward. 

Though concrete details have not been released, possible punishments for tampering will reportedly include taking away draft picks, the voiding of contracts and more.

This is all in an attempt to create a more "even playing field" amid the belief that small-market teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to player movement. The new rules sound great but there is already fear among NBA GMs when it comes to how their privacy will be affected with this being a clear area of focus for the league. 

Along with the new, harsher tampering penalties, the league also announced that they have changed the language regarding traveling calls to "address the uncertainty around traveling." Another new rule announced was that teams are now required to announce their starting lineups at least 30 minutes before tipoff as opposed to 10 minutes, in an effort to "increase transparency for teams, media and fans." Teams will still be allowed to change their lineups up to the last minute if a player gets hurt in pregame warmups. 

All of the new anti-tampering rules approved by the league on Friday were a response to this wild NBA offseason we just experienced. There were many deals agreed to right at the start of free agency, such as the Bulls with Thaddeus Young, and the timing of those deals had many owners wanting the league to make tampering a greater focus. To a greater extent, moves like Anthony Davis forcing his way to the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard orchestrating he and Paul George's move to the Clippers are what got this package of anti-tampering measures passed.

Adam Silver has picked up a reputation as an NBA Commissioner who is very willing to listen to new ideas and make changes, and Friday's events support that reputation as he and the league continue to look for the best ways to get NBA teams to be in compliance with the anti-tampering rules. 

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?


Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.

The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer. 

Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him. 

Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.

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