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Ex-Bulls starter officially signs with Eastern Conference rivals

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When the Chicago Bulls ditched Ryan Arcidiacono ahead of the 2021-22 season and the baller failed to secure a spot with the Boston Celtics during camp, it was clear when he would get another chance in the association. In the end, however, the baller did not wait long for a new appearance.

Arcidiacono landed with the New York Knicks in January on a 10-day contract, eventually earning a contract with the club for the remainder of the season. During his three-month run in the Big Apple, he appeared in 10 games and averaged 1.6 points and 0.8 rebounds per contest in limited action.

Regardless, he seems to have made an impression on Leon Rose and co. Either that, or he’ll benefit from being the college teammate of Knicks point-man Jalen Brunson.

In any case, Arcidiacono appears to be returning to New York to tip in 2022-23. According to an announcement over the weekend, the baller has agreed on it a new contract with the Knicks. No terms of the deal have been announced but it’s likely a non-guaranteed camp deal for the 28-year-old.

Despite a fairytale college run at Villanova — where he won an NCAA title alongside Brunson in 2016 — Arcidiacono wasn’t drafted that summer. However, after putting out the lights in the G League the following season, he was able to secure a two-way deal with the Bulls for 2017-18.

He would stay with the club for the next four seasons until 2021.

Arcidiacono largely capitalized on his opportunities at the Windy City, particularly during the 2018-19 season when he started 32 games. He averaged 6.7 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per contest while hitting 37.3% of his triples.

The 6-foot-3 guard was believed to be ready for a fifth round before last season. Unfortunately, Bulls Vice President Arturas Karnisovas ultimately declined his $3 million option. After failing to earn a spot on the main roster with the Celtics, he ended up in Maine as an affiliate player.

The Red Bulls street jersey worn by Michael Jordan in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz was recently auctioned off by Sotheby’s and the unique piece ended up fetching a staggering sum.

According to Reuters, the jersey – which was expected to fetch $3-5 million – ended up auctioning for a staggering $10.1 million. That number makes it the most expensive memorabilia in history worn in-game, just overtaking the Diego Maradona “Hand of God” jersey, which sold for $9.3 million earlier this year.

“In the weeks since we announced the auction, there has been a palpable excitement not only from sports fans but also from collectors eager to own a rare piece of history,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectibles.

“Once again, today’s record-breaking result cements… Michael Jordan as the undisputed GOAT, proving that his name and unparalleled legacy are just as relevant as they were nearly 25 years ago.”

Despite the Jazz winning Game 1 88-85 in OT, Jordan played a series-best 45 minutes and scored 33 points in the competition, which was watched live by more than 26 million people in the US alone, according to Sports Media Watch.

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