Hoiberg, Bulls excited about addition of 'versatile' Carter-Williams

Hoiberg, Bulls excited about addition of 'versatile' Carter-Williams

The Bulls officially consummated their trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, acquiring point guard Michael Carter-Williams for Tony Snell Monday morning, in a deal that was agreed upon late Saturday night.

Carter-Williams, the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year in Philadelphia before being traded to Milwaukee in the 2014-15 season, is expected to be the primary backup point guard to starter Rajon Rondo once he takes his physical later Monday afternoon.

He won't be available for Monday's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets, but could play later in the week as the Bulls head to Omaha, Nebraska.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is excited about the possibilities of having another playmaker in the backcourt, and not so much concerned about his lack of shooting (Carter-Williams shot 27.3 percent from deep last year).

“I think he’s a versatile basketball player,” Hoiberg said. “He’s shown he can get into the ball and defend full court. His numbers speak for itself on what he can do on the floor as a scorer, averaging over 14 and a half points for his career. Also a very good rebounder and passer with good vision, averaging six rebounds and six assists for his career. Just excited to get him, a long and athletic guard that can play multiple positions.”

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Playing Carter-Williams as a facilitator for the second unit with players like Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic and Denzel Valentine as shooters could be his greatest offensive value, as the Bulls can put him on the block to create double-teams to create open shots.

Ideally, Snell was supposed to fill that role for the Bulls as a secondary perimeter defender but couldn’t find his footing or a fit with his spotty play. He struggled all last season and didn’t seem to be a fit with the new pieces the Bulls acquired over the summer.

“It’s tough because they become family,” said Taj Gibson, who talked to Snell Sunday night and said Snell was happy someone wanted him. “There have been a lot of ups and downs, been in a lot of hostile situations with them. So it’s always tough but it’s the business part of it. It never gets easy but you have to just wish them well knowing they’re going to a better situation to help their game and just keep pushing forward.”

Gibson remembers Carter-Williams from the Bulls-Bucks playoff series in 2015 and said Carter-Williams defended Derrick Rose “extremely well” in the six-game tilt, so he can see how Carter-Williams can fit in defensively.

“He’s a talented young player,” said Gibson, while agreeing with the assertion Carter-Williams can get under opponents’ skin with his style. “He’s a point that can really handle the ball and get guys open looks. He can guard.

“Because he’s long, he’s really taller than most point guards plus he’s aggressive as far as rebounding the ball on the offensive end and he’s going to being a lot of toughness to the team.”

Monte Harrison, brother to Bulls' Shaq, makes sibling sports history

Monte Harrison, brother to Bulls' Shaq, makes sibling sports history

Miami Marlins center fielder Monte Harrison made a bit of history on Aug. 4, when he laced up for his first ever MLB game.

With his debut, he and older brother Shaq officially became just the sixth MLB-NBA brother duo in league history. The most recent? Klay and Trayce Thompson, the latter of which appeared in his last MLB game on June 20, 2018 for the White Sox. Chicago ties all around.

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Shaq used his trademark brand of heart and hustle to work his way up from two 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns to a multi-year pact with the Bulls. Monte's path to the majors began in 2014 after the Milwaukee Brewers plucked him in the second round of the Amateur Draft from Lee's Summit West High School in Lee's Summit, Mo. He was jettisoned to Miami as part of the Christian Yelich trade in 2018. 

In 2019, Monte played 58 games between Miami's High-A and Triple-A affiliates, slashing .270/.351/.441 with 9 home runs, 24 RBI and 23 stolen bases. He's been known to flash some leather, too, and entered this season the club's tenth-ranked prospect.

Since his call-up, he's appeared in four contests (three starts) with the Marlins, and is just 1-for-10 at the plate with five strikeouts. But we'll forgive some early-career stumbles. His first big-league base-knock, which came on Thursday, was perfectly emblematic of what Bulls fans have come to expect from the Harrison household.

Yup. A cue-shot infield single. Exit velocity: 44.3 mph. Expected batting average: .190. But he beat it out. And followed it up with a stolen base. You can't script this stuff.

"I don’t know what my mother did, a lot of prayers, a lot of believing, and trust in us," Monte said after his debut on Tuesday, via Bob Nightengale. "We just worked our ass off.''

That much is evident.

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Latest on the NBA's second bubble for teams eliminated from restart

Latest on the NBA's second bubble for teams eliminated from restart

With the NBA restarting with 22 of its 30 teams, there was buzz in early July of a second bubble coming to Chicago for the eight teams excluded to get in organized team activities and possibly scrimmages.

Now, it appears those talks have significantly slowed, if not stalled entirely.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that there is "significant doubt" the second bubble concept will come to fruition, but Friday, that bringing the "Delete Eight" teams into the Disney campus has been discussed. Any agreement — whether it be a full-on bubble or respective, in-market OTAs — would require stringent safety protocols and need to be agreed upon by the league and NBPA.

On the most recent episode of the Bulls Talk Podcast, NBC Sports Chicago Bulls insider K.C. Johnson broke down the latest scuttlebut:

Well, the latest is, you really got only one shared goal between these eight teams and that is to get some kind of formal group activities authorized by the league and the players association.

How that plays out and the form that takes, there are different goals. There are some teams that wouldn't mind doing a bubble. There are other teams that would rather stay in their own practice facilities and not travel. There are other teams that want to do regional scrimmages against another team. And complicating this is that Michele Roberts, the executive director of the players association, is on record as saying: Unless there are the exact same safety protocols going on in Orlando for the second bubble, it's a non-starter for her.

The league's attention mostly has been in Orlando, obviously, and that was a signficant financial undertaking. So you'd also have to factor in that, what kind of financial undertaking would they commit to these eight teams. It did look like there was some positive momentum for, not a bubble, but for each team to be able to hold some sort of offseason training sessions, group sessions in their own facilities, like OTAs in the NFL.

And I don't think that's dead, but there's certainly not as much optimism as there was maybe a week, ten days ago for that. I mean, it's fluid, and there's nothing definitive yet, but you may be staring at that dreaded eight month window between formal group activities for these eight teams. 

In the episode, the crew also breaks down the week in NBA bubble action, talks Jim Boylen and more. Listen here or via the embedded player below: