Diamond Stone

Bulls continue stockpiling young point guards


Bulls continue stockpiling young point guards

Point Guard of the Future Part VIII? 

The Bulls added another guard to their already-claustrophobic backcourt on Monday, claiming Kay Felder off free agency waivers, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. 

Felder, 22, was dealt alongside Richard Jefferson from the Cavaliers to the Hawks on Saturday before being immediately waived.

The Bulls then decided to take a flyer on the Oakland University product because why the heck not? Barring some type of NBA miracle, the Bulls are on a season-long march to the lottery, so adding another young player can't hurt. Even if Felder is now the fifth point guard, joining Cameron Payne, Kris Dunn, Ryan Arcidiacono and Jerian Grant, on the squad. 

In 42 games with the Cavs last season, Felder averaged four points and 1.4 assists in just over nine minutes. He was drafted with the hope that he could further his NCAA reputation as a scorer. However, he connected on just 39 percent from the field during his rookie season. He's also undersized -- like Nate Robinson-Isaiah Thomas Undersized -- lowering his ceiling as a defender. 

Whether he can find a niche as a second-unit heat check guy remains to be seen, but with Kris Dunn expected to miss a few weeks, it gives Fred Hoiberg another option at the very least. He's also former NBA All-Star Steve Smith's cousin, should you believe in the power of basketball families. 

In a corresponding move, the Bulls waived Diamond Stone and preseason hero, Jarell Eddie. 

Did Bulls sign a Diamond in the rough?


Did Bulls sign a Diamond in the rough?

In rebuilding mode, the Bulls continue to take fliers on young players in the hope of getting a few diamonds in the rough.

In this case, the Bulls literally signed a Diamond in former Maryland center Diamond Stone.

The 6-foot-11 Stone was the 40th pick in the 2016 draft by the Pelicans, but began his NBA career with the Clippers after being traded on draft night. He played seven games with the Clippers, averaging 1.4 points in 3.4 minutes per game. He averaged 16.2 points and 7 rebounds in 13 games in the G League.

Stone's deal is partially guaranteed, meaning the Bulls could send him to the Windy City Bulls for more seasoning in the G League. Stone is 20 years old.

Stone was a McDonald's High School All-American before heading to Maryland. For the Terps, he was the AP Big Ten Newcomer of the Year and was third-team All-Big Ten as a freshman.

His pro career hasn't gotten off to a solid start. Falling to the second round and struggling for minutes as a rookie, and now finding a new team, means he has failed to make his mark yet. A rebuilding team like the Bulls could give him the opportunity, and more importantly the minutes, to prove he can play in the NBA.