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Marquis Teague (Draft)
Kirk Hinrich (Free Agency)
Marco Belinelli (Free Agency)
Nazr Mohammed (Free Agency)
Vladimir Radmanovic (Free Agency)
Nate Robinson (Free Agency)
The Bulls started the offseason by selecting Marquis Teague with the No. 29 overall pick in the draft. He’s an athletic PG that represented great value for the position in which the organization drafted him, and he will be expected to contribute almost immediately.
While Chicago would have loved to bring Teague in to learn from and play backup to D-Rose, the reality is it likely won’t have a star point guard for most, if not all of the 2012-13 campaign.
That hard truth facilitated the signing of Kirk Hinrich in free agency, a solid if unspectacular guard that has been around the block in this league. He’s likely going to be the starter until Rose returns and will be backed up by the rookie PG.
Aside from those two moves, Chicago mostly concentrated on acquiring talent for its depleted bench.
Marco Belinelli, the Italian sniper, was poached from New Orleans to fill Kyle Korver’s role of stretching the floor when he comes off the bench. Vladimir Radmanovic can also draw defenders out to the three-point line and can adequately sub in for either forward position, which makes him a nice bargain rotation player.
Nazr Mohammed is going to spell Joakim Noah at the 5, replacing Omer Asik—who was stolen by the Rockets via restricted free agency—while Nate Robinson can provide firepower and energy to the guard positions off the pine.
While the Bulls did address their main concern for the 2012-13 season (replacing D-Rose and adding depth at PG), they should have done more to get contributors for a postseason run. It seems that the organization does not believe it will be a serious contender come June and isn’t willing to make moves until Rose is back and healthy.