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Gibson is the only Bulls' reserve that has a guaranteed role.
The Bulls may have decided their starting lineup, but other jobs are up for grabs.
Except for Gibson, the reserves will have to earn minutes with their play during training camp. The biggest competition should be Jimmy Butler, Marco Belinelli and camp invitee, Marko Jaric. The three swingmen will battle for two spots.
I expect that both Butler and Belinelli will push Hamilton for the starting 2-guard position. Jaric is a wild card.
Jaric, one of five players to receive an invitation to the Bulls’ training camp, can do a little bit of everything. He can score, rebound, pass and defend well enough to be a solid contributor off the Bulls’ bench. His passing ability also gives the Bulls an additional option at backup point guard. It would not surprise me if he lands on the Bulls’ season roster at some juncture during the season.
Another competition that you should pay attention to is at backup center.
The Bulls made a statement by bringing in Kyrylo Fesenko. The 7’2” center from the Ukraine has a size and youth advantage over Chicago-native, Nazr Mohammed.
If Fesenko can impress the Bulls enough, the competition between him and Mohammed will heat up.
The Bulls are at the hard cap limit and barring a trade, they cannot sign (via CSNChicago.com) any more players until November 20th (ESPN Chicago). After that period is over, Fesenko is another player that should be on your radar.