Bulls sign Vince Hunter, J.J. Avila

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The Bulls have 13 players with guaranteed salaries, and Cristiano Felicio is a practical lock to make the regular-season roster.

The final spot won’t come down to just point guards Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

Chicago has added a couple forwards.


Vince Hunter signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls.

J.J. Avila signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls.

Hunter and Avila both went undrafted last year, Hunter out of UTEP and Avila out of Colorado State. Hunter played in the D-League last season, and Avila spent the year overseas – an important distinction.

Signing and waiving Avila could just be a method for Chicago to assign his D-League rights to its affiliate, the Windy City Bulls. Hunter’s D-League rights are already held by the Reno Bighorns, suggesting the Bulls value him for the parent club.

Hunter is a 6-foot-8 power forward who rebounds well and has defensive versatility. His offense needs polishing, but he’ll get more leeway because he just turned 22 last month.

Avila, who turns 25 next month, is also an undersized power forward. He has some shooting and ball-handling skills, but probably not enough to stick.