Former Maryland center Diamond Stone signs with Chicago Bulls

The search for a permanent NBA home continues for former Maryland center Diamond Stone.

Stone, who came to College Park being mentioned as a potential lottery pick and left after his freshman year as a second-round selection, has signed with the Chicago Bulls, the team reported on its website Thursday.


Stone signed a two-year contract. A report said he received a partial guarantee of $50,000, and would likely be assigned to Chicago's G-League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls.

It marks the fourth team Stone has been affiliated with. The 6-11 center spent most of his rookie season last year in the D-League (now the G-League) while playing sparingly for the Los Angeles Clippers.


Initially drafted by the New Orleans Hornets No. 40 overall and traded on draft night to the Clippers, Stone appeared in just seven NBA games, playing a total of 24 minutes. In 13 games in the D-League, Stone averaged 16.2 points and seven rebounds.

Stone was part of a three-team trade this summer that landed him briefly with the Atlanta Hawks, who cut him shortly after he played for their summer league team in Las Vegas.

His chances of making the Chicago's NBA roster seem remote, since the Bulls currently have four big men under contract.

Nine-year veteran Robin Lopez started every game for Chicago last season. They Bulls also have Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen, who were the team's first-round picks in 2015 and 2017, respectively; and Cristiano Felicio, a 6-9 Brazilian who spent the past two seasons with the Bulls.