CHARLOTTEThe drought is finally over. Bulls small forward Luol Deng will make his debut NBA All-Star Game appearance.
In his eighth professional season, Deng is averaging 15.1 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game, as well as shooting 37.1 percent from three-point range.
Despite missing seven games due to torn ligaments in his left wrist, Deng will join teammate Derrick Rose, voted an Eastern Conference starter last week, at the annual event, held Feb. 26 in Orlando.
Other reserves for the East team are Indianas Roy Hibbert, Bostons Paul Pierce, Philadelphias Andre Iguodala, Atlantas Joe Johnson, New Jerseys Deron Williams and Miamis Chris Bosh.
The Western Conferences reserves are Dallas Dirk Nowitzki, Oklahoma Citys Russell Westbrook, Memphis Marc Gasol, Phoenixs Steve Nash, Portlands LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonios Tony Parker and Minnesotas Kevin Love.
The Bulls are still scrambling to add depth at point guard and found another body to throw in the rotation.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Bulls "are planning to sign" Shaquille Harrison. Harrison was waived by the Suns on Monday.
In order to complete the move, the Bulls are reportedly waiving center Omer Asik.
Harrison went undrafted out of Tulsa in 2016. The Suns signed him and sent him to the then NBA D-League. Last season, the 25-year-old from Kansas City played in 23 games and made two starts in the NBA. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.
The Suns signed Jamal Crawford earlier this week and waived Harrison. The Bulls apparently have swooped in.
This move comes just six days after the Bulls added Tyler Ulis, who was also waived by the Suns. Ulis didn't play in the season-opening loss at Philadelphia.
Kris Dunn will miss his second straight game Saturday against the Pistons. His absence against the Sixers showed the lack of depth at guard for the Bulls. Cam Payne started at point guard and split minutes with Ryan Arcidiacono. Payne went 0-for-4 in 21 minutes and led coach Fred Hoiberg to say potential lineup changes are "still up in the air."
Harrison can now join Payne, Arcidiacono and Ulis in a battle for backup minutes at point guard when Dunn returns to the lineup.
If you haven't heard, Neil Funk is cutting 20 road games from his 2018-19 Bulls' play-by-play schedule.
Friday, the Bulls announced that Adam Amin, Andy Demetra and Kyle Draper will fill in for Funk for the first five of those games.
Amin, a play-by-play commentator for ESPN, will games on Oct. 22 against the Mavericks and Nov. 14 against the Celtics. He grew up in Addison, resides in Chicago and also does play-by-play for Bears preseason games.
Demetra is from Oak Brook and currently is the play-by-play broadcaster for Georgia Tech basketball and football. He will call games on Oct. 26 against the Hornets and Oct. 27 against the Hawks. He has previous play-by-play experience with the SEC Network, Pac-12 Network and Fox Sports South.
Draper will call the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against the Pelicans. He is the Celtics' pregame and postgame host for NBC Sports Boston and an occasional play-by-play annoucer and sideline reporter for the Celtics.
The Bulls said they will continue providing updates on substitute broadcasters as they are scheduled.