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DeMar DeRozan, Bulls vs. Cade Cunningham, Pistons to Play 2023 NBA Game in Paris

Adam WellsMay 24, 2022

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The NBA is renewing an old-school rivalry for its return to Europe next season. 

The league announced on Tuesday the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons will play at Accor Arena in Paris on Jan. 19. 

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This will mark the NBA's 12th time hosting a game in Paris since 1991. The first regular-season game in the city took place in January 2020, when the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-103. 

The Bulls played two preseason games in Paris before the 1997-98 season. They competed in a six-team tournament, beating PSG Racing and Olympiacos to win the McDonald's Championship. 

This will mark the first regular-season game in France's capital for the Pistons. Their most recent international contest was a 122-111 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 12, 2019, in Mexico City. 

Chicago is coming off its most successful season since 2014-15. The Bulls went 46-36 and made the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, but the team lost to the Bucks in a five-game first-round series. 

This will be an important offseason that determines the future direction of the Bulls. Zach LaVine is going to be an unrestricted free agent and has made it clear he wants to test the market. 

LaVine has averaged at least 23.7 points per game in each of the past four seasons. The 27-year-old has made the All-Star team in each of the previous two years. 

The Pistons posted their third straight season with fewer than 30 wins (23-59). Despite this recent rough stretch for the franchise, there are positive signs on the horizon.

Cunningham, the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft, averaged 17.4 points per game in 64 starts. The 20-year-old played better as the season went on. He shot 45.7 percent from the field and had a 53.1 true shooting percentage after the All-Star break.     

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