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Chicago Bulls to Work Out Four NBA D-League Players

Feb 21, 2011 – 3:03 PM
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Scott Schroeder

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The Chicago Bulls have long been rumored to be in the market for depth at shooting guard this season with most rumors suggesting the team is focused on trading for a player like Houston's Courtney Lee or Cleveland's Anthony Parker before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

League sources have told FanHouse, however, that Chicago is inviting four players from the NBA Development League to audition for the team on Tuesday. Orien Greene (right) of the Utah Flash, Tulsa 66ers rookie Jerome Dyson, Stephen Dennis of the Bakersfield Jam and Rio Grande Valley guard Matt Janning will all work out in Chicago on Tuesday in hopes of securing a 10-day contract from the Bulls.

Greene is probably the most familiar to basketball fans as he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft and has been floating around the NBA and D-League ever since. Greene, a 6-foot-4 defender who has great size for a point guard but can also play off of the ball, is averaging 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.1 steals for the Flash this season while shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc. His most recent NBA experience came with the New Jersey Nets as a 10-day call-up earlier this month.

Dyson, a 6-foot-3 rookie guard, had a solid four-year college career at Connecticut culminating with a senior season that saw him average 17.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists. It's a bit surprising he's done enough to earn a shot with the Bulls considering he hasn't started a game for Tulsa this season and is shooting less than 43 percent from the field. However, his defense has been solid at the D-League level and he has been able to put a few games together that are much better than his averages suggest, which shows that his potential is definitely there. In a Jan. 28 game against the Springfield Armor, Dyson came off the bench to hit 6-of-9 from beyond the arc to finish with a team-high 37 points in 28 minutes.

Dennis is probably the least known player that will be attending this tryout as the rookie played his college ball at Division II Kutztown, but he's shown flashes of NBA potential this season with the Jam. A smooth 6-foot-6 point guard who has transitioned to off-guard at times this season with teammate Trey Johnson on a call-up to the Toronto Raptors, Dennis is averaging 15.3 points, 7.2 assists and 2.2 steals as a starter while shooting 52 percent from the field. Dennis was with the Los Angeles Clippers this preseason.

Janning also came out of nowhere after starring at Northeastern last season, but quickly made a name for himself during the NBA Summer League circuit and capitalized on that by earning a contract with the Phoenix Suns to begin the season. The smart 6-foot-4 player seems to be more comfortable off the ball but has played minutes at the point in the pros with both the Suns as well as both of his D-League teams. Janning's best asset is his shooting, currently shooting 42 percent from the three-point line to give him the majority of his average 9.1 points per contest.

It's unclear whether any of these players, aside from Greene, are ready to contribute serious minutes at the NBA level at this time, but if the Bulls are looking for potential, shooting or defensive specialists, this isn't a bad group to bring in to see if these players have what it takes to play in the NBA.
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