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Running timeline of the 2019 NBA Draft

Running timeline of the 2019 NBA Draft

It’s officially F5 season! The 2019 NBA Draft is going on right now (Thursday night) and the Bulls are hoping to add a significant piece to their young core. Let’s take a look at how we got here on perhaps the craziest draft night in NBA history.

The first crazy move of the night was the Atlanta Hawks trading up to grab the No. 4 overall pick, giving up quite a bit of draft capital in the process.

The strong feeling among #NBATwitter is that the Hawks will be taking Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter or Texas Tech wing Jarrett Culver to help enhance their rebuild.

This theoretically helps the Bulls grab their point guard of the future, but then Woj dropped yet another “Woj bomb”.

Darius Garland’s father Winston Garland played 73 career games with the Timberwolves, and they could be looking for a guard with Derrick Rose entering free agency. The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted point guard Collin Sexton last season but apparently still could take Garland as the best player available. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Cavs are looking to trade the pick, leaving the door wide open for the Bulls to trade up.

The Cavaliers, despite having 2018 No. 8 overall pick and point guard Collin Sexton on the roster, did in fact select Garland. 

Minnesota, equipped with the No. 6 pick, took Jarrett Culver to add another talented wing to their core of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. 

Chicago finally got their guy.

With Garland off the board, Chicago selected explosive scorer guard Coby White, expected to be the PG of the future. 

While White was backstage fulfilling his media obligations, he got word that his former Tar Heel running mate Cameron Johnson was selected by the Phoenix Suns at No. 11, a pick that caught most of the basketball world off guard. White was overjoyed to see Johnson get selected in the lottery, making his stellar draft night even better

The Bulls drafted White for his skills and his attitude, and he let his personality shine through with his genuine reaction to Johnson getting selected in the lottery.  

We are going to be locked in all night during this wild, wild, NBA Draft. Make sure to follow us @BullsTalk and check this post throughout the night for more updates.

Bulls bring back Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal

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Bulls bring back Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal

The Bulls' defense just got a whole lot better.

Just a few hours after signing free agent center Luke Kornet, the Bulls have brought back guard Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal.

Harrison's non-guaranteed deal had been waived earlier in the month to make room for Thaddeus Young's three-year, $41 million deal.

It's not an Earth-shattering move that will shift any championship odds in Vegas, but Harrison's return gives the Bulls an outstanding defender and a 25-year-old who spread his wings offensively toward the end of last season.

Harrison's defensive worth really can't be understated. He was statistically one of the best defensive guards in the NBA last season.

His offense is another story. He doesn't exactly have ball-handling capability and his shooting splits - .432/.270/.667 - were nothing to write home about. He averaged 6.5 points in 19.6 minutes.

But he also took on an increased role late in the season with the Bulls "resting" their top-tier players. Over the final 10 games of the season, averaging 30.8 minutes a night, Harrison averaged 12.8 points on 45.8% shooting, 35.3% from deep and even managed 2.2 assists.

He'll slot in somewhere behind Zach LaVine on the second unit, with he, Denzel Valentine, Coby White and Kris Dunn (for now) battling for minutes in the backcourt.

Additional moves could be coming for the Bulls, who could still easily waive Antonio Blakeney's contract or deal Dunn to get the Bulls to 15 contracts. Kornet and Harrison would give the Bulls 16 contracts.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Concerns and optimism for Bulls after offseason moves

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Concerns and optimism for Bulls after offseason moves

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Mark Strotman, and Matt Peck discuss NBA Summer League and Bulls odds to make the postseason.

0:45       Impressions of Bulls at Summer League and not overreacting

2:00       On concern over Coby White’s 3-point shooting

3:25       On the positive signs from White in Vegas

4:40       On the pushback that Ricky O’Donnell got from suggesting Arci may be ahead of White in the rotation

7:30       Did the Bulls have an underrated offseason?

9:45       How the biggest concern and reason for optimism is health

12:00    Why a deeper roster puts more pressure on Jim Boylen and his staff

16:10    Any chance of John Sabine trying out for the Windy City Bulls?

17:05    Our favorites in the wide open Western Conference and can the Lakers make it work?

21:55    Can the Bucks put it together and win the East next season?

25:10    Darkhorse team in either conference?

28:05    Is it too much to expect the Bulls to make the playoffs?

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