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Marquis Teague did all he was expected to do Wednesday. He learned.

After a rough debut Tuesday night in the Bulls' NBA summer league opener in Las Vegas, Teague looked a little more like a first-round draft pick Wednesday afternoon. The 19-year-old rookie from Kentucky scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, with five assists, five turnovers, one steal and one blocked shot in the Bull's 96-88 loss to the Houston Rockets.

''I just knew what to expect when I came out,'' said Teague, who scored eight points on 4-of-17 shooting with one assist and six turnovers against the Celtics on Tuesday night.

''I was in a better rhythm. My teammates told me to stay aggressive and confident. So I was fine. Today they told me to play my game and do what I do. That's what I tried to do today.''

LAS VEGAS -- Less than a minute into his first game as a Bull, rookie point guard Marquis Teague drove to the basket, scored and was fouled. That turned out to be the highlight of Teague's debut in the Bulls' Las Vegas summer league opener Tuesday night.

Teague missed the free throw, struggled with his shot and couldn't find an NBA rhythm, finishing with eight points on 4-of-17 shooting, with one assist, six turnovers and no steals in the Bulls' 79-74 loss to the Boston Celtics.

''I don't think I did too good today,'' said the 19-year-old Teague, the 29th overall pick of the NBA draft. ''I was't really making shots. I threw a few bad passes. This was the first game -- a little rough.''

The Bulls 2012-13 preseason schedule was announced Tuesday and features neutral site games in Champaign and South Bend, Ind. Here's the schedule:

Oct. 9: Memphis Grizzlies (United Center, 7 p.m.)

Oct. 12: Cleveland Cavaliers (Assembly Hall, Champaign, 7 p.m.)

Oct. 13: Minnesota Timberwolves (Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn., TBD)

Oct. 16: Milwaukee Bucks (United Center, 7 p.m.)

Oct. 19: Minnesota Timberwolves (United Center, 7 p.m.)

Oct. 23: Oklahoma City Thunder (United Center, 7 p.m.)

Oct. 26: Indiana Pacers (Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, Ind., 6 p.m.)

Tickets for the game at Assembly Hall will go on sale on Tuesday, August 21 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at www.UofIAssemblyHall.com, 1-866-Illini-1 or the University of Illinois Ticket Office. Group tickets are also available by calling (217) 333-5404.

Tickets for the game at Purcell Pavalion on the Notre Dame campus go on sale on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:30 a.m. CT and can be purchased at www.und.com/tickets, the Notre Dame Ticket Office or by calling (574) 631-7356.

Kyle Korver passed his physical in Atlanta on Monday, making official the trade that sent him from the Bulls to he Hawks for a trade exception and cash considerations.

What was initially believed to be three-team deal once included the Minnesota Timberwolves became a two-team swap that not only saves the Bulls the $5 million team option they had on Korver for next season but the additional $500,000 it would've cost to waive the nine-year veteran.

Korver averaged 8.2 points while shooting .433 from the field and .425 from three-point range in his two years with the Bulls.

C.J. Watson has agreed to a two-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets, according to multiple reports.

The Bulls did not pick up the $3.2 million team option for the backup point guard. He later cleared waivers and signed a two-year deal with the Nets for the league minimum and will backup Deron Williams.

The Bulls have traded three-point specialist Kyle Korver to the Atlanta Hawks via the Minnesota Timberwolves, an NBA source has confirmed.

The Bulls will receive a second-round draft pick for Korver. The Bulls had until Sunday to pick up the $5 million team option on Korver. The deal, which is contingent on Korver passing his physical in Atlanta on Saturday, means the Bulls don't have to pay the $500,000 it would have cost to waive the former Creighton star.

Korver appeared in 65 games last season and averaged 8.1 points. He was slowed by hip and knee injuries late in the season and reaggravated an old stress fracture in his foot in the second-to-last regular season game against the Pacers, which contributed to a averaging only 3.8 points in 15.7 minutes in six playoff games.

Korver played only five minutes and did not attempt a shot in a Game 6 loss to the 76ers in a first-round playoff series that ended the Bulls season.

The roster for the Bulls summer-league team hasn't been set, but it is taking shape.

First-round draft pick, Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague, and last year's pick, Jimmy Butler, will both participate. An NBA source has also confirmed that ex-Illinois shooting guard Demetri McCamey will play for the Bulls, as will former Northern Illinois standout and Chicago native Jake Anderson.

Kashif Watson, the younger brother of former Bulls backup point guard C.J. Watson, and Jermaine Taylor, who played in the D-League last season, will also be on the roster.

According to the source, other participants include former Celtics forward Leon Powe, small forward Edwin Ubiles, power forwards Malcolm Thomas and Oley Czyz and point guard Justin Johnson. Shooting guards Ramone Moore and Chase Simon will also compete for the team in Las Vegas.

Power forwards Henry Sims, Jamie Skeen Malcolm Thomas round out a roster that is not yet complete.

The team will be coached by Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin.

Free-agent guard Kirk Hinrich has verbally agreed to a two-year contract with the Bulls that will pay him approximately $6 million, the Sun-Times has confirmed.

Hinrich, who spent his first seven years with the Bulls and still has a home near the team's training facility in Deerfield, could play point guard while Derrick Rose recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee before shifting to two-guard once Rose has recovered.

Hinrich averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 assists in 48 games (31 starts) with the Atlanta Hawks last season after missing the first 18 games of the season after surgery on his left shoulder. He shot .414 from the floor and .346 from beyond the three-point arc.

Hinrich's signing would make C.J. Watson's return unlikely. The Bulls have a $3.2 million option on their backup point guard for the past two seasons but also drafted point guard Marquis Teague of Kentucky with the 29th overall pick in the recent NBA draft.

Watson played in 49 games last season, including a career-high 25 starts, and averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 assists. Watson shot .368 from the floor and .393 from long distance.

John Lucas III was the Bulls third-string point guard last season. He has played against Hinrich in college and in the NBA and said he was unsure if his signing would impact his return to the Bulls. Lucas said eight teams have expressed interest in him since free agency began.

"Kirk has proven himself in the league for as many years as he has been in there," Lucas III said. "I like Kirk. I liked him in college. He has had some injuries the past couple years but he can still play."

The Bulls traded Hinrich to the Washington Wizards in 2010. The Wizards traded him to the Hawks in 2011.

Remember when Joakim Noah warmed up before Game 6 in Philadelphia? It was obvious he had not recovered enough from the twisted ankle he suffered in Game 3 to play in what turned out the be an elimination game for the Bulls.

Nearly eight weeks later, Noah is still on the mend. The Bulls center announced that he will not play for France during the upcoming Olympics because of the injury, according to the French sports daily L'Equipe.

"I'm absolutely not ready, not ready to run, not ready to jump," Noah said, courtesy of a translation on BallinEurope.com. "And even less to play. I need more time and work. I'm not in form for someone who wants to compete in the Olympics. And given the problems that I have with my ankles, not going to the Games seemed to be the most reasonable decision."

Marquis Teague admitted he was surprised the Bulls picked him 29th overall in Thursday night's NBA draft but the rookie point guard said he's looking forward to talking to Derrick Rose.

"I will be able to learn a lot from him," Teague said. "He's one of the best point guards in the league if not the best. I'm going to take advantage of that every single day and come and compete and try to get better."

Teague said his brother, Jeff, a point guard for the Hawks, gave some idea of what he can expect as a rookie.

"My brother told me a little about the Bulls," he said. "They are big on defense and playing for coach [John Calipari at Kentucky], he plays the same style. He likes to defend, run the ball, so I feel I should fit in with this team great. I feel I can do good things here."

By Neil Hayes nhayes@suntimes.com


Bulls General manager Gar Forman said he has yet to see the offer the Houston Rockets extended to backup center Omer Asik and said he will not elaborate until he does.

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