After playing professionally in Europe last season, former Loyola guard Milton Doyle is trying to get back to the NBA.
Doyle agreed to a “partially guaranteed” training camp deal with the Chicago Bulls Sept. 23, meaning he’ll compete for a spot on the roster, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Phoenix. His salary was not disclosed.
The Windy City Bulls, Chicago’s NBA G-League affiliate which plays a step below the NBA, announced that same day they acquired Doyle’s rights from the Long Island Nets Sept. 23. That means if Doyle, a Chicago native, chooses to play in the G-League this season, he’d have to play for Windy City, according to Windy City General Manager Josh Kreibich.
🚨TRADE ALERT🚨: The @windycitybulls acquire Chicago native & former @loyolaramblers standout Milton Doyle! Windy City sends returning player rights to JaKarr Sampson to the @longislandnets, & the 4th pick in the 2019 @nbagleague Draft to @raptors905*. #WindyCityNation #RambleOn pic.twitter.com/pLXbKzy1Ek
— Windy City Bulls (@windycitybulls) September 23, 2019
The NBA limits rosters to 15 players. The Bulls have one NBA roster spot available and one open two-way spot, meaning a player can split time between the NBA and the G-League.
After graduating from Loyola in 2017, Doyle, 25, signed a deal with the Brooklyn Nets and later played in 45 games for Brooklyn’s G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. Late in the season, Doyle agreed to a two-way deal with Brooklyn and played 10 games for the big club at the end of the year, averaging 3.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game as the first Rambler to play in the NBA since 1987.
Last year with Club Baloncesto Murcia (UCAM Murcia) in Spain, Doyle averaged 11.1 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game in 34 games. He played for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League this year and they also expressed interest in him for training camp, the source said.
While Doyle couldn’t be reached for comment, Loyola head coach Porter Moser took to Twitter to congratulate Doyle on the opportunity with the Bulls.
— Porter Moser (@PorterMoser) September 23, 2019
In his four years at Loyola, Doyle became one of the iconic players during Moser’s tenure. Doyle was named Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Freshman of the Year and MVC Newcomer of the Year in 2014 before two injury-riddled seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16. As a senior, he became the first Rambler ever to be named first team All-MVC.
The Bulls are reportedly set to start training camp Oct. 1 and the first preseason game is scheduled for Oct. 7.