Malcolm Hill, who signed with the Chicago Bulls to a 10-day hardship contract late last week, impressed Billy Donovan in Saturday’s loss to the Celtics.
“He’s been here for a day-and-a-half,” Donovan said of Hill, who hit a 3-pointer, drew two charges and forced a travel on Jaylen Brown in 18 minutes. “And he did a good job defensively.”
Such a good job that, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Bulls intend to sign Hill to a two-way contract, which would keep him around through the end of the season. To make space for Hill, the team announced Monday morning that it waived Devon Dotson, who occupied one of the Bulls’ two two-way slots during the 2020-21 season and the first half of 2021-22.
Hill, a 6-foot-6 wing who grew up in Belleville, Ill., starred for the University of Illinois from 2013-2017, finishing his four years in Champaign the third-leading scorer in program history (1,846 points).
After going unselected in the 2017 NBA Draft, and failing to stick with the Oklahoma City Thunder following a Summer League stint, Hill went international, making stops in the Philippines, Germany, Kazakhstan and Israel between 2017 and 2021. He nabbed a training camp deal with the New Orleans Pelicans in the run-up to the 2021-22 season, but ultimately missed out on a roster spot and joined the team’s G League affiliate, the Birmingham Squadron, for 14 games.
Then, the Hawks came calling with…