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.
Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @watchstadium: The Bulls are planning to sign guard Shaquille Harrison to a deal. Harrison arrived to Chicago this weekend, joining NBA team after his release from Phoenix on Monday.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 20, 2018
In order to complete the move, the Bulls are reportedly waiving center Omer Asik.
Asik is owed $11.2 million this season and is under contract for 2019-20 at $11.9 million, but only $3 million of next year’s salary is guaranteed. Asik has not been with the Bulls all season due to inflammatory arthritis and was not going to play for Chicago this season. https://t.co/kVrdvMVm4j— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) October 20, 2018
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.
Sunday's game against Tom Brady and the Patriots will be a tough test for the Bears, but it looks like they're going to receive a big break.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't travel with the Patriots to Chicago and is "highly unlikely" to play Sunday.
Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski is “highly unlikely” to play Sunday vs. Bears as he didn't travel with the team to Chicago, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2018
Avoiding Gronkowski, who is one of Brady's favorite targets, would be a huge break for the Bears' defense. In six games this season, the tight end has 26 receptions for 405 yards and a touchdown; in 14 games last season, Gronkowski had 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.
Gronkowski has not officially been ruled out yet, though time is running out for the Patriots to make a decision.
Patriots refuse to rule out Rob Gronkowski, depending on how he feels Sunday. But the signs are not good for Sunday. https://t.co/bWt1PfIleu— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2018
Meanwhile, Khalil Mack appears set to play Sunday despite dealing with an ankle injury. Between having Mack on the field and Gronkowski off of it, good news keeps coming for the Bears' defense.