Bulls reportedly agree to deal with center Bradley

  • The 76ers' Tony Bradley, left, battles Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. for a loose ball during their March game at the United Center. Bradley is headed to the Bulls.

    The 76ers' Tony Bradley, left, battles Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. for a loose ball during their March game at the United Center. Bradley is headed to the Bulls. Associated Press

Updated 8/4/2021 12:03 PM

The Bulls landed a backup center on Wednesday morning, coming to agreement on a two-year deal with Tony Bradley, according to multiple reports.

Bradley is a 6-foot-10 Florida native who played for North Carolina's 2017 national championship team. After one year in college, he was a late first-round pick, No. 28 overall, by the Lakers in 2017.


He played mostly in the G-League from 2017-19, then saw regular NBA action in 2019-20 for Utah. Last year, he played for Philadelphia and Oklahoma City.

He was efficient in limited playing time at all his stops. Bradley averaged 15.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per 36 minutes last season, while shooting 67% from the field.

Bradley had one of his better games of last season at the United Center, posting 14 points and 5 rebounds in a Sixers victory March 11. His deal with the Bulls is said to be for the minimum salary, with a player option for the second year.

These moves aren't official yet, but the Bulls are essentially up to 11 players on the roster, with Bradley, fellow newcomers Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso; holdovers Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic. Coby White, Patrick Williams and Troy Brown Jr.; draft pick Ayo Dosunmu and last year's second-round selection Marko Simonovic.

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Still pending is a move with restricted free agent Lauri Markkanen. He's most likely headed elsewhere in a sign-and-trade, but the Bulls' payroll is filling up, with Ball, DeRozan and Vucevic all set to make more than $20 million and LaVine heading into the final year of his contract.

They will likely try to add another big man. The Bulls also gave a qualifying offer to guard Javonte Green, so he may be back.

Summer roster announced

The Bulls released their roster for the Las Vegas Summer League. It includes Patrick Williams, Devon Dotson, draft pick Ayo Dosunmu, last year's second-rounder Marko Simonovic and Windy City Bulls center Simi Shittu. Some familiar names are young NBA vets Omari Spellman, Jerome Robinson and Jaylen Adams; Oregon State rookie shooting guard Ethan Thompson; St. Joseph's rookie shooting guard Ryan Daley; small forward Tyler Bey, the No. 36 overall draft pick in 2020; North Carolina rookie center Sterling Manley and Morgan State rookie power forward Troy Baxter Jr.

The first of four scheduled games is against New Orleans at 2 p.m. Monday. Damian Cotter is serving as head coach of the summer squad.


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