Bulls officially sign former Illini guard to 10-day deal

The Bulls officially signed former Illini guard Malcolm Hill to a 10-day contract on Friday.

He's the latest hardship addition. In a tweak to the usual rules, the NBA is allowing teams to sign one extra player for every player in health and safety protocols. Alex Caruso remains in protocols, so the Bulls decided to add a player while they still can.

With Derrick Jones Jr. and Javonte Green out with injuries, the Bulls could use help at forward. The 6-foot-6 Hill is more of a shooting guard, but he likely impressed the Bulls during the Dec. 29 game at the United Center, when he scored 13 points and hit 3 of 5 3-pointers for the Hawks.

Hill is a Belleville native who played in Champaign from 2013 to 2017, averaging 18.1 points as a junior. After going undrafted, he played overseas until making his NBA debut on Christmas Day with Atlanta. The game at the United Center was Hill's third and final appearance with the Hawks. He entered protocols two days later.

The Bulls host Golden State Friday night at the United Center. It will be the second leg of back-to-back games for the Warriors. They lost Thursday in Milwaukee 118-99, which doesn't look too bad with the final score, but the Bucks led 77-38 at halftime.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Klay Thompson, who returned Sunday after missing two full seasons with injuries, will not play against the Bulls, since he logged 21 minutes on Thursday. Forward Draymond Green is out with a calf injury. Since Dec. 18, the Warriors are 5-1 when Green plays, 1-5 when he doesn't.


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