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Brewer to start vs. Pacers Friday

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Brewer to start vs. Pacers Friday

The NBA is ready to roll and the Bulls preseason, as short as it will be, begins Friday against the Indiana Pacers. Fans are anxiously waiting the debut of new acquisition Rip Hamilton but for now, they'll have to wait a little bit longer.

According to a tweet by CSNChicago.com's Aggrey Sam, Ronnie Brewer will start for the Bulls Friday.

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Aggrey Sam Thibs: Ronnie will start at 2 tonight
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"Ronnie is starting (Friday), but I also want to see Ronnie with the second unit some," coach Tom Thibodeau told the Chicago Tribune. "That group played extremely well. We want to look at some different combinations."

Brewer contributed to what became known as the "Bench Mob" along side C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver, Omer Asik and Taj Gibson last season but has been pushing to earn that starting role.

He told the Tribune last week, "I feel like Thibs can feel confident wherever he puts me in the game. Whatever we've got to do to win, I'm all about that. But me as a player, I've got to do everything I possibly can to put myself in a situation where I can go out there and contribute."

What do you think of Thibodeau's decision to start Brewer Friday? Do you think he'll earn the No. 1 spot or are you just ready to see Hamilton hit the court?

Report: Bulls bring back Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal

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Report: Bulls bring back Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal

The Bulls' defense just got a whole lot better.

Just a few hours after reportedly agreeing to a deal with free agent center Luke Kornet, the Bulls have reportedly agreed to bring 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?

Bulls Talk Podcast

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