LAS VEGAS -- The welcome-to-the-NBA moments keep coming for Doug McDermott, whether in the form of guarding Klay Thompson off a screen or unfounded trade rumors.
McDermott, whose calmness under pressure is as apparent as his shooting ability, remains unfazed.
"Last year, I was more starstruck by some of these guys," said McDermott, in his second summer on the U.S. Select practice team. "Now, I saw most of them last year, got a chance to know them. So this year it's not as stunning."
McDermott is soaking up the experiences, knowing they will help him in his rookie season with the Bulls. And that's where he expects to be after both general manager Gar Forman and his agent told him not to worry about trade rumors.
The Tribune reported last week that talk of the Bulls offering McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Timberwolves was overstated. League sources continue to indicate the Bulls are not aggressively pursuing Kevin Love and have made no formal offers.
"This is a great experience," McDermott said. "Being a college guy last year, I don't think people knew who I was or that I was a shooter so I was getting a lot of open looks and I hit a lot of shots. This year, guys are a lot more physical with me. But I think I'm doing a better job of rebounding and defending and making reads off screens.
"Everyone is so good here and the game is so physical. I can learn a lot from all of them."
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