OCTOBER 18: The Bulls have officially waived Favors and Whitney, the team announced today (via Twitter). As noted below, the expectation is that both players will end up with the Windy City Bulls in the G League.
OCTOBER 16: The Bulls have signed Derrick Favors and Kahlil Whitney to training camp deals, the team announced (Twitter link). Both players are likely to end up with the team’s G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls, for the upcoming season.
A report on Saturday indicated that Favors intended to play in the G League, so his signing with the Bulls is likely just a formality ensuring he ends up with Windy City. Given the announcement indicates both players are signing camp contracts, it’s probable they signed Exhibit 10 deals, which ensures them a bonus of up to $75K if they are waived by the Bulls and spend at least 60 days with Windy City.
Favors, 32, is an 11-year NBA veteran who holds career averages of 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds in 790 career games (503 starts) with the Nets, Jazz, Pelicans and Thunder. His best statistical season came in 2015/16, when he averaged 16.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. The 6’9″ forward opened up about his career and hopes for his future earlier this week as he eyes a return to the NBA.
Whitney has had an intriguing journey as he attempts to stick in the NBA. He played in just one season with Kentucky in 2019/20 as a consensus five-star prospect out of high school. However, he averaged just 3.3 points in 18 games (eight starts) in his freshman season. Surprisingly, he went one-and-done, signing an Exhibit 10 deal with the Hornets after going undrafted in the 2020 draft.
The 6’7″ wing is still just 22 years old and has both G League and international experience in recent years. Whitney averaged 5.5 points in 18 regular season and Showcase Cup appearances with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last season.
Both Favors and Whitney could show enough to stick with the Bulls in the future, if not now. Though the club has a full 15-man standard roster, Terry Taylor and Carlik Jones don’t see their contracts become fully guaranteed until January 10, so it’s possible Chicago makes changes to the back end of its roster down the line. Whitney is also eligible for a two-way deal, though the Bulls have all three two-way spots filled as of now.