The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a one-year deal with guard R.J. Hunter, who was released by the Boston Celtics on Monday, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. The Vertical’s Shams Charania first reported that the two sides were in serious negotiations. The Bulls acquired point guard Michael Carter-Williams just days prior to the start of the season, and they also signed guards Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade during the offseason.
Hunter is best known for his heroics during the 2015 NCAA Tournament when he was a member of the No. 14 seeded Georgia State men’s basketball team as they upset No. 3 Baylor on a game-winning three from Hunter. He was coached in school by his father, Ron, and was a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year in his sophomore and junior seasons before entering the NBA Draft a year early.
Taken with the 28th overall pick by the Boston Celtics, Hunter bounced between Boston and the team’s D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. With the Celtics, he played in 36 games off the bench, averaging just 2.7 points per game in 8.8 minutes per night. He was released on Monday by Boston (also his birthday), as they narrowed their roster down to the mandated 15-player maximum.
Where he will fit into the rotation in Chicago is still to be seen, as the team has a plethora of guards to spread minutes around to. Wade is backed up at shooting guard by youngsters Jerian Grant and Denzel Valentine, whom Hunter will push for backup minutes.