Chicago Bulls: 5 Available Players the Bulls Must Target
The Bulls have been relatively quiet this offseason. As of July 25, the Bulls have picked up Kirk Hinrich, Marco Bellinelli, Nazr Mohammed and Vladimir Radmanovic. None of these players are what you would call "marquee signings."
The Bulls as-is have 11 players under contract: Derrick Rose, Richard Hamilton, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Nazr Mohammed and Marquis Teague. The NBA roster minimum is 13, so the Bulls are required to sign at least two more players.
However, the Bulls are restricted by a hard salary cap due to the fact that they used the bi-annual exception, so they can only offer minimum level contracts.
That said, here are five players who the Bulls may take a look at picking up.
1. Leandro Barbosa
Stats: 11.1 PPG, 0.9 SPG, 42.5% FG, 38.2% 3P
Throughout his career, Leandro Barbosa has been a player who has shown the ability to score in bunches and score in many different ways. Throughout his career, Barbosa has been one of the top sixth men in the league.
I would have expected Barbosa to have been offered a more sizable contract from another team at this point, but it appears there are few sizable offers on the table for him. If money isn't a huge factor, Barbosa could be a good fit for Chicago.
2. Greg Oden
Oden has been a disappointment for quite some time in the NBA. He was drafted first overall by the Portland Trailblazers in 2007, and was touted as a superstar defensive center. However, five years later, Oden has played merely one season's worth of games.
For the last few seasons, Oden has been focusing on getting healthy for the first time in his career. Why not restart your career in Chicago? There will not be much demand for Oden, and Oden will have an opportunity to shine in a limited role with little pressure.
3. Joel Przybilla
Stats: 2.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 45.8% FG
The Bulls are looking for a true backup center since the departure of Omer Asik to the Houston Rockets. The Bulls have a system that is centered around two distinct rotations, the second of which has been referred in the past to as the "Bench Mob."
Przybilla's production has fallen the past few years, but he is still a big defensive presence. He is also a player known to be an above average rebounder at his position. While he is not the player Omer Asik was for Chicago, he is a great value for the minimum.
4. Tracy McGrady
Stats: 5.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.7% FG, 45.5% 3P
Tracy McGrady was once a superstar in this league, and arguably the best player in it at times. However, knee injuries have absolutely decimated McGrady's career, and he has regressed to a borderline NBA player.
What T-Mac could bring to the table for Chicago is another ball handler to put on the floor next to Derrick Rose. He is a player who can play multiple positions on the floor, so he could potentially be a backup at point guard, shooting guard and small forward. On top of everything, he should be able to sign for the minimum.
5. Jonny Flynn
Stats: 4.5 PPG, 3.3 APG, 35.1% FG
Jonny Flynn was the sixth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was a highly touted draft pick after a stellar two-year career at Syracuse. However, after being drafted into the NBA, Flynn has struggled mightily.
What Chicago provides for Flynn is a low-risk situation. There are two point guards in front of Flynn with Rose out, but both of them could easily be surpassed if Flynn plays well enough. That would make this a top scenario for Flynn that could earn him his next contract.
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