May 19, 2024

The Chicago Bulls have inked a deal with G League guard Andrew Funk, as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic. Funk, who went undrafted from Penn State in the 2023 NBA Draft, will occupy the Bulls’ remaining two-way contract spot, following the conversion of Onuralp Bitim’s contract to a standard one.

Penn State's Andrew Funk competes in college 3 point championship - 6abc  Philadelphia

After being undrafted, Funk briefly joined the Denver Nuggets but was waived in October. Subsequently, he joined the Grand Rapids Gold of the G League.

Regarding Funk’s potential contribution to the Bulls, it remains uncertain how much playing time he’ll receive with the main roster, especially given the team’s injury woes this season. Nevertheless, Funk’s forte lies in his three-point shooting prowess, boasting extensive range and versatility from beyond the arc. Notably, his standout performance during the March Madness tournament in 2023 earned him recognition as the “Funk Frenzy,” drawing praise from his high school coach, John Mosco, for his scoring ability and basketball IQ.

Currently, the Bulls rank 20th in the league for three-point shooting, presenting an opportunity for Funk to bolster the team’s perimeter scoring if he secures consistent playing time.

In light of the Bulls’ current standing at 26-30 and holding the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference, expectations for a deep playoff run are modest. Nevertheless, Funk’s strong showing in the G League suggests he merits consideration for a main roster spot in the future, although his immediate role may still primarily involve G League play or bench duties. Nonetheless, the Bulls appear keen on monitoring Funk’s progress with an eye towards potential elevation to the main roster down the line.

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