Bulls Retain Harrison, Officially Sign Kornet

Shaq Harrison averaged 6.5 points and 1.2 steals per game last season.

July 18, 2019 - 12:39 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bulls made a pair of moves on the back end of their roster Thursday.

Chicago re-signed guard Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal that's for the veteran's minimum and doesn't fully guarantee until later in the season, K.C. Johnson of the Tribune reported. Kornet signed a two-year deal worth $4.5 million, according to the Tribune.

The Bulls had waived Harrison on July 6 during Summer League amid their other free agency business. The addition of him and Kornet means the Bulls have 16 guaranteed contracts, but guard Antonio Blakeney's roster spot could be in jeopardy and Chicago also has point guard Kris Dunn on the trade block, having engaged in conversations about him throughout the league. The in-season roster maximum is 15 players.

A rugged defender and favorite of coach Jim Boylen, Harrison averaged 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals 19.6 minutes across 73 games last season. He logged 11 starts. Harrison's weakness is his offensive game, as he's a poor shooter. He shot 43.2 percent overall and 27.0 percent on 3-pointers.

The 7-foot-1, 250-pound Kornet averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 17.0 minutes in 46 games for the Knicks last season. Kornet shot an underwhelming 37.8 percent overall but did fire at a 36.3 percent clip from 3-point range on a high volume of 4.2 attempts from deep per game, so he brings the threat of stretching the floor.