Report: Bulls re-sign Ryan Arcidiacono


According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Bulls have re-signed guard Ryan Arcidiacono.

The deal all but the signals the end of bringing back David Nwaba, as the Bulls now have 16 players on the roster, and the most you can have during the season is 17, and that includes two-way contract players.

Arcidiacono is a great depth piece for the Bulls. The 6’3’’ guard played 24 games for the Bulls, in which he averaged 5.7 points, 4.1 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per 36 minutes. On his two-way contract last season, he spent most of his time with the Windy City Bulls. In 37 games with the Windy City Bulls, Arcidiacono put up a line of 13.9 points, 8.5 assists, 5 rebounds. The thing that stood out about his time in the G League was his 44.6 shooting percentage from the 3-point line.

At the G League level, Arcidiacono went against impressive athletes, but nothing like the speed you see at the NBA level. But on a new-look Bulls roster with Jabari Parker being added to the core of Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, there is hope for the lower usage players on the team.

Though Cam Payne is the likely day one backup point guard, Arcidiacono can make at least a case for spot minutes if he can knock down the 3-pointer at a high-level. His NBA 3-point percentage 29 percent, which leaves a lot to be desired, but he took a much higher volume of attempts from deep in the G League (4.5 3-point attempts per game compared to 1.3 at the NBA level). 


With a team chalked full of big-time scorers would will be working on developing the rest of their games, Arcidiacono is nice prospect to keep around. His effort on both sides of the ball endeared him to Bulls fans last season, and if the rest of his game can catch up to his general intensity and energy, he could find himself playing than 13 minutes per game in 2018-19.