Five Potential Cheap Targets for Chicago Bulls Before Training Camp
At the beginning of the offseason, there was plenty of uncertainty throughout Chicago as to how the team would fill some holes across the roster.
The good news is that the signings of guys like Kirk Hinrich and Marco Belinelli have nearly filled out its rotation with capable players at most positions. Outside of the rotation, however, the Bulls have some room for guys to earn a spot on the bench in case of injuries (a la 2011).
Now that the summer league is complete, we've taken a look at five free agents who could fit in with the Bulls this season.
Thomas earns the top spot on this list for one simple reason: He played with the Bulls in the summer league and actually played extremely well.
The 6'9" forward from San Diego State University went undrafted in 2011 and bounced in and out of the D-League before seeing action in three games with the Houston Rockets.
In the summer league this year, however, Thomas was an animal, averaging 11.4 points and 12.4 rebounds a game. While the Bulls have a few very capable big men in Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer, Thomas could be a nice piece to call upon in case of injuries.
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After years of toiling away on the bench or in smaller leagues, Adam Morrison finally appears to be back. Morrison averaged 20 points and five rebounds a game in the summer league for the Clippers team while shooting 55 percent from the field.
While Morrison doesn't exactly fit a need for the Bulls, especially with the arrival of Belinelli, you can never have too many guys who truly care about winning and can shoot the basketball. If Morrison really is back, he could find a place on really any team in the league.
While unlikely to sign with the Bulls as the Lakers' second-round pick has his rights held elsewhere, Sacre proved this summer he could be a valuable asset on the right team.
Although limited offensively, Sacre could provide some physicality and energy off the bench for the Bulls in the mold of a guy like Brad Miller. He plays with a high level of excitement and will surely give whichever team he ends up on plenty of effort.
Just months removed from a heartbreaking collapse after losing Derek Rose to injury, the Chicago Bulls know better than anyone that you can't have too many capable point guards.
Despite the presence of Kirk Hinrich and rookie Marcus Teague, the Bulls could use a player like Machado to develop behind Rose and Hinrich.
Machado, the rookie out of Iona, was fourth in the summer league in assists per game, averaging 5.6 in just over 25 minutes a game.
Already classified as a journeyman, Karl has been out of college since 2007 when he went undrafted out of Boise State before joining the Lakers as a rookie. Aside from stints in Europe, Karl has also played with the Warriors and Nuggets.
This summer, Karl shot nearly 65 percent from three-point range, making him an attractive asset to any time in need of outside shooting. For the Bulls, a player like Karl could fill the role that Kyle Korver did in 2011.
If Karl were to make a roster, I wouldn't expect significant contributions; however, he could be a useful player from time to time.