The Chicago Bulls have made it official today, signing 2016 second-round pick Paul Zipser. While terms of the contract have not been made public, a safe assumption would be that Zipser's contract will form part of the available room exception of $2.9 million.
A 6-foot-8, 210 pound forward from Germany, Zipser will be spending the summer playing for the German national team and will be available for the preseason.
Zipser, 22, provides another option for coach Fred Hoiberg at small forward while also having the ability to play minutes at power forward, as he did as a stretch big man option for FC Bayern Munich. A good, versatile athlete with shooting touch from the three-point line, Zipser's catch-and-shoot game will fit in nicely with Chicago's perimeter trio of Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade.
Importantly, Zipser also projects to be a capable defender with a willingness to work. Boasting a 6-foot-11 wingspan and very good athleticism, Zipser could also grow into a nice defensive option for the Bulls at either forward spot.
We'll see how the young German integrates himself into the NBA, but if nothing else, his arrival will create depth for the Bulls and should put pressure on Doug McDermott, Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic to improve and perform.