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Derrick Rose's injury puts yet another Chicago Bulls season behind the eight ball, with rookie point man Marquis Teague being perhaps the greatest unknown of all.
That said, Tom Thibodeau and Gar Forman were clearly confident enough in Teague and the newly re-acquired Kirk Hinrich to allow C.J. Watson to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, creating a very different offensive dynamic for the team that was prematurely ousted in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.
Hinrich wavered from his typical steadiness a bit last season, and if his regression continues, Teague could be in for even more playing time than is anticipated. That could be a good thing for a Bulls team that could use a shot of life for its offense, and if nothing else could benefit from a fresh style and perspective at the point of initiation.
Watson did fine work for much of the 2011-2012 season, but his limitations were problematic in Chicago's first-round matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers and likely played a substantial part in his exodus.
Teague and Hinrich don't fit in perfectly as replacements for Watson and John Lucas III, but that's by design. Chicago isn't merely looking to replace what was lost, but actually augment its offense with Rose sidelined yet again. Teague will be a big part of that effort, whether he's ready for such an investment or not.