Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Shams Charania reported Saturday afternoon that the Bulls have signed Ryan Arcidiacono to a partially guaranteed contract. Chicago Tribune reporter K.C. Johnson confirmed the news shortly after Charania’s report.
Arcidiacono underwhelmed in his second run at Summer League , posting 7.2 points per game on 39 percent from the field and 4.0 assists per game in 31 minutes per contest.
But Arcidiacono is an intangibles guy. In the G League games I attended last season, he was always the most vocal guy on the floor and also is a very intense player that will call out teammates if they make a mistake. He has been praised with having leadership skills, yet his status in this league probably won’t allow him to display them to the fullest at the NBA level. Also, although his lack of athleticism makes him extremely limited on the defensive end, he at least tries hard on that end of the floor.
On the negative side, he has far less than average athleticism, only has decent size for a point guard (6-foot-3-inches), and hasn’t hit shots from deep in his time with the Chicago Bulls (29 percent from 3-point land). That likely diminished the confidence he had in his shot, allowing defenses to leave him alone when he was on the floor.
With the Bulls focused on losing last year, Arcidiacono got a substantive crack at the big league level (he was even on the Opening Day roster). His issues defensively limited his playing time with the Chicago Bulls and when he did play he wasn’t effective averaging two points and 1.5 assists in 24 games.
For the upcoming training camp, Arcidiacono puts the Bulls at
15 16 guys in their building with at least a partially guaranteed deal, plus one two-way player in Rawle Atkins. He’ll more than likely be competing for the same spot (3rd string PG) as former fellow two-way player Antonio Blakeney. And if Arcidiacono doesn’t make it, the Bulls still have a two-way contract available after him if they really want to keep him around.