Chicago Bulls: NBA summer league

Thibodeau hopeful Mirotic is ready for NBA

July, 13, 2014
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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LAS VEGAS -- Coach Tom Thibodeau is hoping that, after three years, prized European prospect Nikola Mirotic is finally ready to come to the Chicago Bulls.

Mirotic recently worked out a buyout with Real Madrid, and the Bulls sound ready to find a way to make it all work. After finalizing the deal for Pau Gasol, their focus will turn back to Mirotic so that he will be ready to come over for the upcoming season.

"[Executive VP of basketball operations] John [Paxson] and [general manager] Gar [Forman] have been in contact with him for a long time because we have his draft rights," Thibodeau said before the Bulls' first summer league game on Saturday night. "Hopefully, something will be worked out. At some point, he will hopefully come, then we'll see where he is."

Thibs happy for James: Thibodeau didn't mention Carmelo Anthony by name on Saturday after being spurned at the altar in free agency, but the veteran coach did sound happy for Anthony's good friend and Cleveland Cavaliers megastar LeBron James about his return to Cleveland.

"It's good," Thibodeau said of James' decision. "That's what he felt was best. The one thing about LeBron, he's always stayed true to himself. So it's good."

Was he surprised by James' choice?

"I didn't really think about it, to be honest with you," he said. "He's a great player. He's been great for the league. It's a great story. [We will] just get ready for next season."

McCamey out to impress in summer league

July, 10, 2012
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Former Illinois point guard Demetri McCamey might be wearing a Chicago Bulls' uniform during the NBA summer league, but his goal is to impress every team, his agent said on Tuesday.

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AP photo/John DixonFormer Illinois guard Demetri McCamey spent last season playing in Turkey and Israel.
McCamey, who was a four-year starter at Illinois, went undrafted in 2011 and played last season in Israel and Turkey. The NBA didn’t hold a summer league last summer due to its lockout.

The Bulls begin their summer league schedule in Las Vegas on July 17 and will play five games over six days.

“This is just an opportunity for him,” McCamey’s agent Roger Montgomery said. “Nothing is perfect. We recognize it’s what you make of it. It’s just the summer league. The summer league doesn’t mean you have a job. Whether you play for the Bulls who need a point guard, or play for the Orlando Magic who will be shuffling their roster and may see something they like, however it shakes out, you want to play well and earn an opportunity.

“He totally understands the situation. He embraces it. He’s excited. He’s eager to go out and really show people what they missed in the draft and also prove to himself he can do it and he was overlooked. I think he’s going to do it.”

McCamey declined an interview request through Montgomery and said he wanted to focus on his upcoming NBA opportunity.

Playing for the Bulls in the summer league will be unique for McCamey. He played at St. Joseph High School in the Chicago western suburb of Westchester and graduated the same year as Bulls guard Derrick Rose. They faced each other during their senior seasons in high school.

Rose is expected to miss a significant portion of the 2012-2013 season after tearing his ACL in last season’s playoffs.

To help fill Rose’s void, the Bulls drafted former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague and are expected to add guard Kirk Hinrich in free agency. ESPNChicago.com reported Sunday that Hinrich has verbally committed the Bulls. The Bulls could still be searching for another point guard until Rose returns.

Montgomery believes McCamey can play in the NBA and has developed as a player since his final season at Illinois.

“Two things that stand out are his motor is much higher than it was when he was in college, and I think he’s getting to the basket better and not just solely relying on his jump shot,” Montgomery said. “He can shoot the ball. He needed to get to the basket and know when to attack and when to use his jump shot.”

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