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Published Time: 20.06.2024 - 20:01:57 Modified Time: 20.06.2024 - 20:01:57

It included Giddey’s role gradually declining throughout the campaign, eventually coming off the bench in the 2024 playoffs and averaging 18 minutes. Josh Giddey


Giddey was drafted by OKC with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. He’s coming off his least productive season in year three, struggling to evolve with the rest of the No. 1 seeded Thunder’s budding core.

His scoring dropped from 16.6 points per game to 12.3 points in a career-best 80 games.

It included Giddey’s role gradually declining throughout the campaign, eventually coming off the bench in the 2024 playoffs and averaging 18 minutes.

The 21-year old this off-season is eligible to sign a max contract extension from his base rookie deal.

Wojnarowski later wrote that the Bulls were “determined” to find a playmaker to replace the oft-injured Lonzo Ball and saw “All-Star potential” in Giddey that had not yet been realised given the playmaking around him in Oklahoma City.

“Giddey was the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft and developed into one of the league’s most creative young playmakers,” added the ESPN insider.

“The Bulls will offer him an opportunity to have the ball in his hands and more freedom to pass and score. Chicago needed an engine for its offence, and the Bulls land that with Giddey.”

The trade is the latest development in what Giddey described as a “rollercoaster” third year in the league in his end-of-season exit interview.

Giddey came under the microscope, not only for his on-court performances, but also for allegations of an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl.

Newport Beach police announced in January they had been “unable to corroborate any criminal activity” by Giddey and would not pursue charges while the NBA also later closed its investigation into the Australian guard in May.

Speaking to reporters at his exit interview, Giddey reflected on being benched for the first time in his career in Oklahoma City’s playoffs series against Dallas, admitting while it was a “bitter pill to swallow” it was the right call by coach Mark Daigneault.

“Coach did what he thought was best for the team and to be honest, I probably agree with him,” Giddey said.

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