The Chicago Bulls are still shopping at Swap-O-Rama for their shooting guard needs.
It sounds like Marco Belinelli and the Chicago Bulls are in advanced talks. Nothing imminent, but he may sign for the bi-annual exception.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 20, 2012
I predict the Bulls will sign Belinelli shortly.
Because this is the type of signing the Bulls always make. The decent-to-good player that is left after all the most coveted players have turned the team down for other suitors.
Belinelli is a solid player. He averaged 11.8 points per game last year for the Hornets, and he's a 39 percent three-point shooter in his career.
I've always liked him. But it's the same way I always liked the 1998 Honda CRV (my first car). If I had a chance to get a 2013 Lincoln Navigator, I would have jumped at the chance.
O.J. Mayo, and even the likes of Courtney Lee and Gerald Green, would have represented more current SUVs. But as usual, they chose to park in another garage.
Belinelli makes sense for the Bulls. He's 6'5", he has decent handle, he's a good passer and he is a very good three-point shooter.
That skill set allows him to fit in with the Bulls before Derrick Rose returns from injury, and after.
But the potential signing still isn't sexy.
How would you feel about a Marco Belinelli signing?
There are times when a team can get away with not making the sexy signing, but ultimately you have to get a guy that everybody else wanted.
Even though Carlos Boozer was paid handsomely, he was leftovers after Chris Bosh and Amar'e Stoudemire chose to shine in South Beach and bite the Big Apple.
The Nets were interested in Boozer, but at that time the Nets were horrible, and Chicago paid $5 million more for Boozer. Needless to say, it was an easy choice.
The last major and competitive signing the Bulls made before that was in 2006, when they inked Ben Wallace to a four-year, $60 million deal. But even then, Wallace was viewed as a declining player and the signing was a foolish one.
These "wins" were four years apart, and neither was the jewel of its free-agent class.
The 2012 offseason has been filled with more free-agent denials and the team is again rummaging through the remains. Vladimir Radmanovic, Kirk Hinrich and potentially Belinelli won't scare any of the Eastern Conference contenders.
Bulls fans can only hope that these players turn out to be diamonds in the rough. Sometimes, you can find some nice deals at Swap-O-Rama.
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