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Meet the Bulls' 2018 Summer League roster


Meet the Bulls' 2018 Summer League roster

The Bulls announced their 2018 Summer League roster on Tuesday.

The team will compete in the Las Vegas Summer League from July 7 to 17. They open on July 7 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, then have tilts against the Lakers on July 8 and the Hawks on July 10. The playoffs begin July 11.

Here's a quick look at the team's roster, headlined by first-round picks Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison.

No. 0 Donte Ingram, 6-foot-6 guard, Loyola

The hero of Loyola's first-round win over Miami on their way to a Final Four appearance, Ingram averaged 11.0 points on 44 percent shooting in his senior year for the Ramblers. He's also a Simeon Academy alum.

No. 9 Antonio Blakeney, 6-foot-4 guard, LSU

The G-League Rookie of the Year averaged 32.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 32 games for the Windy City Bulls. He's a prime candidate to make the regular-season roster this season.

No. 12 Matt Williams Jr., 6-foot-5 guard, Central Florida

Williams appeared in three games for the Miami Heat last season but spent most of his time in the G-League with Sioux Falls, averaging 10.2 points while making 39 percent of his 3-point attempts.

No. 15 Chandler Hutchison, 6-foot-7 forward, Boise State

The Bulls made Hutchison the 22nd pick in last month's NBA Draft after he dominated the MVC in his senior season, averaging 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

No. 20 Melo Trimble, 6-foot-3 guard, Maryland

After going undrafted in 2017, Trimble averaged 16.2 points and 5.3 assists in the G-League for the Iowa Wolves.

No. 21 Kaiser Gates, 6-foot-8 forward, Xaxier

Gates averaged 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Muskateers last season, and he also connected on nearly 38 percent of his 143 3-point attempts.

No. 25 Oleksandr Kobets, 6-foot-6 forward, Ukraine

Kobets has been playing professionally since 2012 for SK Cherkasy. This past season he averaged 14.3 points on 44 percent shooting.

No. 34 Wendell Carter Jr., 6-foot-10 center, Duke

A five-star prospect who dominated in his long year at Duke, Carter can defend the rim, stretch his range to the 3-point line and should be one of the better players in Las Vegas.

No. 36 Shawn Long, 6-foot-9 center, Louisiana-Lafayette

Long showed some promise in 18 NBA games for the Sixers last year, averaging 8.2 points on 56 percent shooting and 4.7 rebounds. In 33 games for the G-League's Delaware 87ers he averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds.

No. 41 Matt Willms, 7-foot-1 center, UTEP

The fifth-year senior averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Miners.

No. 51 Ryan Arcidiacano, 6-foot-3 guard, Villanova

Arcidiacano averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 assists in 24 appearances for the Bulls as a rookie. In 37 games for the Windy City  Bulls he averaged 13.9 points. 5.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists. Chandler Hutchison took his jersey number.

No. 55 Jarnell Stokes, 6-foot-9 forward, Tennessee

Stokes appeared in just 28 NBA games from 2014 to 2017. He played for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in 2017 after stints with Indiana and Portland in the 2017 Summer League.

Backcourt problems solved? Bulls sign Summer League standout

Backcourt problems solved? Bulls sign Summer League standout

Try telling Antonio Blakeney that Summer League doesn't matter. 

The guard's strong play in Las Vegas over the last week earned him a Two-Way contract with the Bulls, meaning he can play for both the G League's Windy City Bulls and in the NBA.

Blakeney, 20, has appeared in four Summer League games, averaging 16.8 points, five rebounds and just under one steal per contest. It's pretty safe to say that he's been one of the squad's few bright spots in Sin City. While fellow guard Denzel Valentine has struggled to find his shooting rhythm, connecting on under 30 percent from the field this summer, Blakeney has shot 43.8 percent. 

He didn't come out of nowhere, though. Blakeney had tons of hype out of Oak Ridge High School in Florida and was selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game before taking his talents to LSU, where joining forced with 2016 No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons. That experiment didn't quite work out for Blakeney, who failed to reach the NCAA Tournament in both seasons and went undrafted in 2017. 

For the Bulls, it's a chance to take a flyer on a young, athletic guard who proved he can shoot in college. 

It also gives fans more chances to catch his absolutely nasty dunks, whether it's in Hoffman Estates or at the United Center. 

That's just ridiculous. 

Gar Forman optimistic that Nikola Mirotic will return

Gar Forman optimistic that Nikola Mirotic will return

The Bulls have been relatively quiet since dropping their Draft Day bomb. 

The front office hasn't spent big in free agency or indicated a Dwyane Wade buyout was imminent, instead opting for low-cost moves and commitment to the future. 

Whether Nikola Mirotic is in those future plans remains to be seen, but general manager Gar Forman projected optimism when asked on Monday if he sees the Bulls agreeing to terms with the 26-year-old forward. 

"We want Niko back, and we think Niko wants to be in Chicago," Forman said. "When you have those two things at the end of the day, there's usually a way to get something done." 

The market on the three-year vet remains a mystery, with no NBA teams stepping up to make a serious run. Whether that ultimately helps Gar/Pax in negotiations is also a question mark, but it's certainly looking more and more likely that Mirotic will end up on Fred Hoiberg's roster. 

Last season, Mirotic shot 41 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the 3-point line. He averaged 11 points and five rebounds over 24 minutes per game. 

While the Bulls expected - and frankly needed - more from their stretch-four, Mirotic did show flashes. In March, he shot over 40 percent from deep, scoring 15 points per contest. 

Mirotic-Markkanen frontcourt?