Following a five-week training camp with Italy's Benetton Treviso, Bulls free-agent forward Brian Scalabrine has inked a deal with the club for the upcoming season, according to the team's website. His deal reportedly does not include an opt-out clause that would allow him to return to the NBA if the league-imposed lockout ends.
"My expectations are for me to come here, train and continue to play for the team for the whole year," Scalabrine said at his introductory press conference. "That's why I'm here."
The seldom-used Scalabrine, 33, appeared in 18 games for the Bulls last season.
Asked to describe what he'll bring to his new squad, Scalabrine replied in midseason form: "I can do a lot of things. When I've gotten opportunities to play, I've played well. My winning percentage is one of the highest in the NBA as a starter."
Earlier this week, Bulls free-agent swingman Rasual Butler left his Spanish team and returned to the U.S. due to personal reasons, making Scalabrine, a 10-year NBA veteran, the lone Bulls player overseas.
Carlos Boozer, C.J. Watson and John Lucas III are among the Bulls who have said they'd consider playing overseas if the NBA experiences a prolonged lockout and the opportunity is right.
NBA lockout update, Day 84: The NBA owners and players union met for five hours on Thursday. But with no progress made and training camps slated to begin Oct. 3, NBA commissioner David Stern is expected to formally announce Friday the league will cancel the first two weeks of training camp and preseason games, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Although Stern held off on any postponements after Thursday's bargaining session in Manhattan, he admitted that time is working against the two sides.
“No announcement to make today, but the calendar is not our friend," Stern said.
Added players union president and Lakers guard Derek Fisher: "The calendar’s obviously not our friend, but we’re not going to give up on the process because of the time.”
Both sides are expected to meet again next week, which will likely determine the fate of the remaining preseason games -- or worse.