CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls signed R.J. Hunter, a former Boston Celtics first-round draft pick, on Thursday.

Hunter, a guard from Georgia State, was let go by Boston this week.

Hunter, the 28th pick in the 2015 draft, averaged 2.7 points in 36 games as a rookie for the Celtics last season. Hunter also played eight games in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws, averaging 13.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

76ERS: The players held a team meeting and may take action in the wake of the organization’s decision to cancel the national anthem performance by a singer wearing a “We Matter” jersey.

Sevyn Streeter said she was told by the team she could not perform the anthem before Wednesday night’s opener because of the slogan.

The players met at their practice facility in Camden, New Jersey, and are considering whether to respond to Streeter’s cancellation.

“Everybody expressed their emotions about it,” forward Robert Covington said. “We want to take steps about it. We just don’t know exactly what steps we want to take. We talked about a lot of different things.”

PISTONS: The team is in advanced discussions about moving downtown to play at the Detroit Red Wings’ new arena, according to a person with knowledge of the talks.

Representatives from the Pistons and Olympia Entertainment have been involved in the talks. Olympia handles business operations for the Red Wings, who are owned by Mike and Marian Ilitch.


HAWKS 114, WIZARDS 99: Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a victory in their opener at home.

Howard grabbed 19 rebounds to go with 11 points, just what the Hawks expected from their new center, and it certainly wasn’t unusual for three-time All-Star Millsap to lead the way in scoring.

But Hardaway’s performance was totally unexpected given the way he struggled in his first season with the Hawks, when he was largely confined to the bench and even forced to spend time in the D-League.

He scored 21 points, matching his high in an Atlanta uniform, and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth. The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, then outscored the Wizards, 33-19.

Markieff Morris led Washington with 22 points, but it was a tough night for the Wizards’ dynamic backcourt duo.

John Wall finished with only 12 points on 3-of-15 shooting, and Bradley Beal was held to 13 points.