As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft we will provide profiles of more than 60 prospects, including video interviews with each player, what they're saying leading up to draft day as well as their potential fit on the Bulls.
R.J. Hunter, G, Georgia State
6'6" | 185 lbs. | 21 years old
19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 39.3 field-goal percentage
First round, 28th overall by the Boston Celtics
"Being a coach's son and a captain alone, it's extra pressure, so I had to learn how to react to coaching for me and my teammates. I feel I'm a good leader, I think I'm a proven leader and I'm a good teammate. Coach's sons, the perception is we're spoiled, we don't get along with our team, stay off campus, but I was always with my team, always involved with my team so I'm ready to show that."
One of the memorable images from the NCAA Tournament, Hunter provides the Celtics with valuable outside shooting and playmaking. His defense will have to improve, but this is solid value and a good fit for Brad Stevens' group.
It was announced on Saturday morning, that Omer Asik will be out indefinitely.
Asik had an arthritis flare up over the summer, and that is the key to his current diagnosis. The Bulls acquired Asik last season in the Nikola Mirotic trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.
He has two years and north of $22 million left on his contract (including this current season).
The Bulls never expected Asik to play heavy minutes, and this injury puts his 2018-19 season in jeopardy,
This is Asik's second stint with the Bulls, as he played with Chicago in the first two seasons of his career.
In a report released Friday morning, Chicago Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley stated that sources close to Jimmy Butler's camp think that "ownership mouthpieces" have "manufactured" rumors that Butler's number one concern in demanding a trade was money.
In response, the Butler camp has stated that Butler's reasons for wanting to leave are about having a serious shot at competing:
According to the source, this is about a philosophy in making an impact in the Western Conference, and in Butler’s mind you can’t run down a dynasty like Golden State when two of the so-called dogs in the pack are in fact kittens.
-Chicago Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley
With the nature of public trade demands, it is tough to sort out what is true. And with Butler helping Minnesota end the NBA's longest playoff drought, it is clear that the Timberwolves have enough talent to be a playoff contender.
None of the team's on Butler's list of preferred destinations would have a serious shot at taking down the Warriors, or even making an Eastern Conference playoff run.
From the outside, it would appear that reported friction between Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns is the true reason the rift has become this big of an issue. But Butler maintains that this is not the case.
If Butler is not moved by Monday's media day in Minnesota, things could get (even more) messy.
With the ongoing public feuds between Andrew Wiggins and Stephen Jackson, the Butler camp and the TWolves organization, and the Towns contract extension situation, more drama is the last thing Minnesota needs.