NBA Rumors: Gerald Green Is Low-Risk, High-Reward Option for Chicago Bulls

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 12, 2012

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The Chicago Bulls are smart to have met with Gerald Green, but they would be geniuses to officially ink the uber-athletic swingman. According to Yardbarker/Fox Sports, the unrestricted free agent spent two days at the Berto Center.

The Bulls are parting company with Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson, and possibly Kyle Korver. If they are smart, they will also let restricted free agent Omer Asik walk. The Houston Rockets' offer to the reserve big man is ludicrous and the Bulls would be crazy to match.

I liked re-acquiring Kirk Hinrich, especially at only $3 million per year, per KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, but the roster obviously still needs depth.

If the Bulls let Korver and Asik walk, they would have about $67 million dollars in committed salaries into a confirmed roster of: Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler, Richard Hamilton, Hinrich, Taj Gibson and rookie Marquis Teague.

That's nine players, so it's obvious the Bulls will need to add at least three more low-cost players. The first one should be Green.

He has bounced around different professional leagues worldwide, but he seems to be ready to make the most of his considerable talent. After being the 18th overall pick of the Boston Celtics in 2005, his career took a downward turn.

He came straight out of high school, so he is only 26 years old.

Last season he got another shot, and he responded by averaging 12.9 points per game in 30 contests. He did that in just 25 minutes per game.

We've probably all seen this amazing alley-oop dunk:

Most of us probably remember the blow-out-the-candle slam from the 2007 Slam Dunk Contest:

It's true, the Bulls need more athleticism and Green would definitely provide that. Once Rose returns, having Green on the wing could make the Bulls' transition game more dangerous.

But Green does more than just dunk.

Last season he shot 39 percent from three-point range, grabbed 3.5 rebounds per game and averaged almost a steal per game. Imagining a player of Green's athleticism in Tom Thibodeau's defensive scheme is exciting.

Green knows he has a second chance and he's motivated to prove he belongs. He told Jonathan Abrams of Grantland: "I just would have never thought. I knew I was never going to stop trying. I just thought I blew my chance… I got a second chance."

The Bulls have shown hesitancy in bringing in players who may have motivation issues, but that doesn't seem to be an issue for Green.

Because he is still a bit unproven, he won't command a huge salary. That makes Green fit into the Bulls' current financial situation as well.

The team can't avoid the luxury tax at this point, which is set at $70 million dollars. They likely want to avoid obliterating it, because of the steep penalties for doing so.

Green is a player that would offer the Bulls the most bang for their buck, and they should jump at the chance to bring him to Chicago.


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