The Chicago Bulls appear to have found some potential reinforcements.
The team intends to sign Ersan Ilyasova and Mac McClung to 10-day hardship exceptions, according to reports.
With Wednesday’s Bulls-Raptors game postponed, there’s a chance the Bulls may not need the additional players by the time they return to the court. Their next game is on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers, which gives the team additional time for players to clear NBA health and safety protocols.
Ten Bulls entered league protocols from Dec. 1-13, leading to the postponement of their Dec. 14 game against the Detroit Pistons and Dec. 16 home game against the Toronto Raptors. The Bulls returned to the court on Sunday and beat the Los Angeles Lakers before defeating the Houston Rockets on Monday.
DeMar DeRozan, Coby White, Javonte Green and Derrick Jones Jr. returned from protocols before Sunday’s win, and Troy Brown Jr. cleared protocols on Tuesday. Zach LaVine, Matt Thomas, Ayo Dosunmu, Alize Johnson and Devon Dotson remain in protocols.
Ilyasova has played for seven teams across 13 NBA seasons. He last played for the Utah Jazz during the 2020-21 season, averaging 3.8 points per game across 17 appearances.
McClung has yet to get into an NBA game. He played his college ball at Georgetown and Texas Tech before signing a training camp deal with the Lakers. He is averaging 19.5 points and 6.2 assists per game this year with the G League’s South Bay Lakers.