NBA Free Agency 2012: Available Players the Chicago Bulls Should Pursue
The Chicago Bulls have been relatively quiet in free agency this year, waiting out many of the biggest names of the offseason. But Chicago does have holes on the roster at caretaker, point guard, shooter, backup small forward, scoring power forward, and center...and the Bulls should try to address some of them in the 2012 NBA Free Agency.
Chicago will not be a team for any big names—unless the Bulls make a blockbuster trade—but the Bulls could sign some critical sleeper players to fill out some contenders.
Here is a list of still-available free agents Chicago should pursue and sign for 2012-2013.
Aaron Brooks, Guard
Brooks was the 2009-10 NBA Most Improved Player, when he averaged nearly 20 points per game while starting for the Houston Rockets. Poor play for the Phoenix Suns and a season spent playing in China have severely reduced his NBA stock; but Brooks is young, knows how to shoot and score, and can be a capable temporary point guard for the Bulls.
Chicago just signed old fan-favorite Kirk Hinrich...but Captain Kirk can play both backcourt positions and has a history of injury problems.
Brooks would slide in nicely as Chicago's caretaker point guard, holding the fort down while Marquis Teague learns the NBA ropes and Derrick Rose recovers from injury.
Courtney Lee, Guard
The Bulls desperately need a shooting guard who can both defend and hit from long-range.
Lee is exactly the type of player Chicago covets: a hard-nosed defender with winning experience (he played on the 2009 Orlando Magic team that reached the NBA Finals), and he has the ability to shoot and function efficiently within the offense.
He is not a true gunner and will not carry an offense, but he can start at shooting guard and will really solidify the Bulls' guard rotation.
Carl Landry, Forward
Chicago needs a power forward who can bang in the paint, rebound efficiently and score in the post when the Bulls are starving for frontcourt offense.
Landry is always underrated, but he can really rebound and score points in the post—and at 28-years-of-age Chicago will still get great production out of him.
Grant Hill, Small Forward
Grant Hill wants to play for a more competitive team than the Phoenix Suns, and the Bulls need a tough veteran to back up Luol Deng.
Hill can carve out lots of minutes at both forward (and even shooting guard, occasionally) spots and could help make the Bulls a real title contender.