REPORT: Bulls keep Ryan Arcidiacono with 3-year, $9 million deal
Prior to his tenure in Chicago, Arcidiacono spent four years at Villanova University, winning the national championship for the Jay Wright–coached program in his senior year. Arcidiacono earned Most Outstanding Player for the 2016 NCAA tournament.
The 6-foot-3 guard declared for the 2016 NBA Draft where he went unclaimed. Arcidiacono would later sign a contract with the San Antonio Spurs, but he failed to see any playing time for the Western Conference team.
In August of 2017, he signed a two-way deal with the Bulls. Tuesday’s contract agreement with Chicago would be Arcidiacono first guaranteed professional deal.
Arcidiacono, unsurprisingly, was happy with his contract and admitted that it was a relief to have finally worked things out with the Bulls.
“It’s a little bit a sigh of relief. It’s something I’ve been trying to work for and I think I’ve taken gradual steps to get to this position,” Arcidiacono told KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
“I’m going to work and support my teammates no matter what happens. I just want to win. Whatever I can to do to help our team win, if that’s play a lot of minutes or no minutes at all, I’ll be the best teammate I can be.”
Arcidiacono, 25, appeared in all but one game for the Bulls this past season, averaging 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor, 37.3 percent from three and 87.3 percent from the free throw line in 24.2 minutes per game.