With the widespread of COVID-19 cases throughout the NBA as of late, the Chicago Bulls may have felt the impact the hardest with an incredible amount of players lost due to the NBA’s Health and Safety protocols. The effect has affected their schedule, with their Sunday game against the Lakers being moved from the afternoon to a night game and two postponements for their games against the Pacers and Raptors.
The issues with positive cases have caused the Bulls to depend on the hardship exemption adding three players recently to the roster. Those three players are South Bay Lakers G-League player Mac McClung, Alfonzo McKinnie, and Stanley Johnson per The Athletic’s Sham Charania.
The Chicago Bulls are signing guard Mac McClung to a 10-day hardship deal, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. McClung went to training camp with the Lakers and has played for their G League South Bay affiliate.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 21, 2021
The undrafted McClung will join the Bulls after averaging 19.5 points and 6.2 assists per game, three rebounds, and a steal in 13 games in the G-League. His strong shooting from the field (47.5 percent), from behind the arc (39.7 percent), and the free-throw line (83 percent) has made him one of the better young guards in the G-League this season.
McClung was in the Lakers training camp during the preseason but was cut and immediately assigned to the team’s affiliate. This will be his first chance to play the first regular-season game of his career.
The 6’2 guard was a social media smash in high school due to his high-flying dunks. He attended Georgetown University for two seasons, where Patrick Ewing coached him. McClung then transferred to Texas Tech before making himself eligible for the NBA Draft.