The position of starting point guard has been a major source of drama for the Chicago Bulls this year.
They thought they had it when they signed Rajon Rondo as a free agent. After that didn’t work out, they tried out Michael-Carter Williams, who hey acquired via a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Tonight against the Orlando Magic, they’re giving another shot to second-year guard Jerian Grant, who they acquired from New York in the Derrick Rose trade.
Grant on starting vs. Magic: "I've had some success in the starting lineup. I'm going back and watching those films and film on Magic."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 24, 2017
Grant has already started six games this season, but has also gotten a DNP-CD eight times, and has spent time in the D-League. He spoke today about the frustrations of his inconsistent role, and the opportunity to start.
From the Chicago Tribune:
It’s tough. It’s not all on [Carter-Williams]. We’ve got a lot of young, talented guys. So he’s trying to figure out where guys fit in,” Grant said. “I’ve been inactive. I’ve been in the D League. I’ve been playing zero minutes. I’ve been a starter. It’s a lot of up and down.”
“But this is a great opportunity here. We’re halfway through the season. If I can play well, I can really establish myself and lead this team into the playoffs.”
Grant has been almost out of the rotation the past two weeks, so he is clearly excited to get another shot.
Coach Fred Hoiberg wasn’t 100 percent clear on whether this is just for tonight, or a long-term plan for Chicago. Given how inconsistent his rotations have been, he may not know yet.