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The Chicago Bulls have released Paul Zipser and Julyan Stone


The Chicago Bulls decided on Saturday that they are going to release Paul Zipser and Julyan Stone.

The Chicago Bulls drafted Paul Zipser in the second round of the 2016 NBA draft. Zipser is 24-years-old, and he spent two seasons with the Bulls. In his first season in the NBA, Zipser averaged 5.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He played in only 44 games in his rookie season and started in 18 games.

In his second season, Paul Zipser averaged four points, and 2.5 rebounds per game. He played in 54 games (12 starts). He averaged 17 minutes per game in his two seasons with the team. It felt like Paul Zipser never got comfortable in the NBA. When he was on the court, he never really made a positive impact. Injuries were also a big reason why Zipser never got any rhythm in the NBA. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg never really gave Zipser a lot of minutes in the NBA. He recently had surgery in Germany on his fractured left foot. 

Last month Paul Zipser spoke to Rhein Neckar newspaper, and said some interesting things.

Zipser told the newspaper that he “wouldn’t be surprised if they no longer want me. Actually, I’m pretty sure I will not play in Chicago soon.”

Paul Zipser had a disappointing run with the Chicago Bulls, and the front office didn’t think he was part of their long term plan. This draft pick didn’t go as expected for the organization.

The Bulls also announced that they released Julyan Stone. Stone was in the three way trade that the Bulls made last week that traded Jerian Grant to the Orlando Magic. Zipser and Stone’s contracts were fully non-guaranteed, so there was no cap for the Bulls.

In order for the Bulls to officially sign Jabari Parker, the team had to release both players to clear cap room.

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