The Chicago Bulls (29-35) did not hesitate on a decision with their final roster spot, converting two-way guard Carlik Jones to a standard contract for the remainder of the season.
Jones, 25, is a 6-foot-1 point guard who went undrafted out of Louisville.
He earned the G League Player of the Month in February and is the developmental league’s top bucket-getter. Jones is averaging 20.3 points, 7.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game for the Windy City Bulls. He has appeared in two games for the Bulls this season averaging 1.5 points, 1.5 boards, and 1.0 assists.
Carlik Jones (@carlikjones) is ON FIRE! 🔥 The G League’s leading scorer can finish and distribute, averaging 27.5 PTS and 8.1 AST in a 6-2 month for the @windycitybulls to earn @Kia G League Player of the Month honors for February. pic.twitter.com/b5vMfIFGo9
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) March 3, 2023
What Jones brings, in theory, is spacing on a team bereft of quality three-point shooters. Yet to connect on a triple in his two-year NBA career, Jones is knocking down 39.2% of his threes for Windy City this season.
Despite the theoretical contributions Jones could make, he won’t be with the big club just yet.
Carlik has been assigned to the Windy City Bulls. https://t.co/3T46glYUI1
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 4, 2023
The move allows Jones to continue his strong play for the Bulls’ affiliate and also keeps the team under the luxury tax threshold – not an insignificant note, given the current ownership.
They are now more than $2.8 million under the luxury tax threshold, per Spotrac.com, making Bulls ownership eligible to receive a payment from the league’s taxpayers. Last season, Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports revealed that payment was in excess of $10 million. That’s money that does not necessarily go back into basketball operations.
Jones had earned his two-way spot back after the Bulls waived Kostas Antetokounmpo and now takes over the roster spot vacated by veteran point guard Goran Dragic.
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