We’ve gotten a minor flurry of Bulls news in the last 12 hours, with Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium first reporting that Luke Kornet’s two-year deal is worth $4.5 million and is fully guaranteed. Thursday morning, we now get the news that Shaquille Harrison will be back on a one-year deal after the Bulls initially waived his non-guaranteed contract in the middle of Summer League.
The terms of Harrison’s deal haven’t been reported yet, but I’m going to assume it’s a guaranteed deal at the minimum. This would give the Bulls 16 guaranteed contracts, which means another move would have to come by opening night. K.C. Johnson has the details about what that could entail:
The Bulls have publicly disclosed they’re open to trading Kris Dunn should the right deal offering a wing shooter presents itself, and that deal could be an uneven one — meaning the Bulls send out more contracts than they take back. Trading or waiving the guaranteed $1.6 million contract of Antonio Blakeney is also a possibility should Dunn remain on the roster.
Waiving Antonio Blakeney and his $1,588,231 contract is an easy option and honestly probably should have happened already in order to create another roster spot. But there have been Kris Dunn trade rumors as well, and it’s safe to assume at least one of Blakeney or Dunn is gone soon. And maybe even both if the Bulls really want to still bring in a wing shooter.
At the very least, Harrison is a better use of a roster spot than Blakeney. He has his offensive limitations, but Shaq impressed last season with his dogged perimeter defense and non-stop hustle. And while he stinks at shooting, he’s an aggressive slasher who can get to the rim and finish.
Harrison averaged 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 19.6 minutes per game this past season. He shot 43.2% from the field and 27.0% on 3-pointers. If the 25-year-old can improve his perimeter shooting at all, he would become an even more valuable piece at the end of the bench, and he’s a nice energy guy to have there regardless if he simply stays the same player.
Also, the Bulls now have Shaq and Coby, so they have that going for them.