The most recent addition for the Chicago Bulls via hardship exemption amid the final stages of the outbreak of COVID-19 cases within this team arrived late in the morning of December 21. Also of interest is the third of three additions to date via the hardship exemption in the wake of a number of absences among Bulls players due to the league’s health and safety protocol.
According to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic / Stadium on Twitter on December 21, the Bulls signed the former undrafted Los Angeles Lakers guard. Mac McClung. The Bulls signed McClung via the hardship exemption for a 10-day contract this week.
McClung will join the Bulls after spending most of the season with the South Bay Hawks in the G-League. He also started this year with the Lakers during training camp and preseason. But he’s yet to play a single regular season game in the NBA.
Chicago Bulls reportedly add Mac McClung with Devon Dotson and Alex Caruso potentially out
That could change, however, given some of the depth shortages for the Bulls thanks to the plethora of players in health and safety protocol and another wave of recent injuries. The Bulls saw former Los Angeles Lakers goaltender Alex Caruso quit their Dec. 20 game against the Houston Rockets with a foot injury.
And the Bulls could miss forward Derrick Jones Jr. until the end of the Christmas vacation, as he also grapples with a lingering injury issue after withdrawing from health and safety protocol over the course of the last week.
The Bulls are hoping for a solid offensive production from microwave scorer McClung. He’s played well in his time in the G-League so far this season. In 13 games played for South Bay in the G-League this season, McClung has averaged around 20 points per game, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and 0.5 blocks.
And he shot about 48% from the field, 40% from beyond the arc and 83% from the free throw line. He has remained one of the most effective and productive offensive goalkeepers in the G-League so far this season.
It’s also worth noting that the Bulls are now missing second-year playmaker Devon Dotson as he has now entered health and safety protocol this week. The loss of Dotson and Caruso is the likely reason the Bulls signed McClung.
The interesting part about this signing is the fact that McClung doesn’t really have a proven NBA production history under his belt. There might be more experienced and experienced guards to sign in free agency. Still, it’s probably about getting the right numbers on the roster as issues with health and safety protocol continue for the Bulls.
Second-year head coach Billy Donovan and the Bulls are now 19-10 after their Dec. 20 home win at United Center over the Rockets. Next up for the shorthanded Bulls is a meeting with the Toronto Raptors at UC on December 22.