Bulls sign first-round pick Markkanen

Bulls sign first-round pick Markkanen
Updated 06 July 2017

Bulls sign first-round pick Markkanen

Bulls sign first-round pick Markkanen

CHICAGO: The Chicago Bulls said Wednesday they have signed Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen, the seventh overall selection in last month’s NBA draft.
Markkanen was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the rights to sign him were acquired by the Bulls in the trade that brought Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine to Chicago in exchange for Jimmy Butler.
The Bulls did not disclose the terms of the contract.
Markkanen played one season at the University of Arizona.
He averaged 15.2 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from 3-point range. The Bulls will be able to get a better look at him when they open the defense of their Summer League title in Las Vegas.
“I know there’s work to do, like always,” Markkanen said at an introductory press conference. “I’m the type of person who’s going to be in the gym and I’m going to work on (defense). I know I’m going to get better. I’m pretty confident that it’s going to happen.”
Meanwhile, guard Nick Young, a free agent since declining a player option with the Los Angeles Lakers, is headed to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
“Congratulations to @NickswagyPYoung on your new contract with the @warriors! We are so happy for you!” a tweet from Priority Sports, the agency that represents Young, said Wednesday.
Young, 32, was the 16th overall selection in the 2007 NBA draft. He spent the past four seasons with the Lakers, and averaged 13.2 points in 60 games last season.
That included connecting on more than 40 percent of his shots from three-point range. His addition adds depth to the talent-laden Warriors, who have won two of the past three NBA titles.
ESPN reported that Young would make $5.2 million for the one-year deal, slightly less than the $5.7 million he would have received from the Lakers.