Courtney Lee is just another body.
The Chicago Bulls already have a logjam at shooting guard with Richard Hamilton, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver. The last thing that they need is another role player.
Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald reported that the Bulls are primed to make an offer to Lee in hopes that he’ll be an upgrade at the 2. He won’t, though. At least, not nearly enough to overpay for him.
Now, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Chi-Town is likely to part ways with Brewer and Korver. But even then, Lee simply isn’t the answer.
After playing a key role on an Orlando Magic team that earned a trip to the 2009 NBA Finals as a rookie, it looked like Lee had the potential to become a star. That never happened. He has yet to average over 12.5 points per game over the course of a season.
This is what Lee is: a spot-up three-point shooter who is a fast-break threat and solid defender. Basically, if Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver’s strengths were molded into one player, Lee would be the product. He’s a quality role player, but the Bulls need more than a quality role player.
Depending on how long Derrick Rose is out next season, Chicago could struggle to make the playoffs. This is a team that scored over 80 points just once in their last four postseason games against the Philadelphia 76ers. That’s pitiful.
They need someone capable of creating their own shot. Lee doesn’t fall into that category. A healthy Brandon Roy, O.J. Mayo, Louis Williams, Jamal Crawford, J.R. Smith and if worst comes to worst, Nick Young are all 2-guards who are scoring machines and superior options.
Ask yourself this question: When LeBron James locks down D-Rose in the Eastern Conference Finals again, will Lee be able to carry the scoring load for the Bulls? Not a chance in the world.
And that should be your answer.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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