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Shaq is back: Bulls sign guard Shaquille Harrison to one-year deal

The defensive-minded stopper cleared waivers after being let go by the Bulls two weeks ago during Summer League.

Jim Boylen has no problem playing favorites, especially when it comes to guard Shaquille Harrison.

So of course the Bulls coach was hoping Harrison would make it through waivers so that the team could re-sign him.

Done and done.

Harrison, who was waived two weeks ago during the Summer League, signed a one-year contract to return to the Bulls, a source confirmed Thursday.

The Bulls have 16 players under contract and need to get down to 15 by opening day. That can come in a trade involving point guard Kris Dunn or moving the $1.6 million contract of backup shooting guard Antonio Blakeney.

What mattered most to Boylen was that he got his defensive-minded backcourt player back in the mix. Last season, Harrison averaged 6.5 points and 1.2 steals in 73 games.