The Chicago Bulls are bringing another man aboard, but not one that they need.
Chris Tomasson @christomasson
Source confirms Lou Amundson will sign a 10-day contract with Chicago on Saturday. He's flying now to Chicago.3/1/2013, 5:43:46 PM
Amundson is a fine defensive player with good size at 6'9", 225 pounds, and his per-36 numbers for his career are impressive at 10.6 points, 10.1 boards and 2.1 blocks per game. However, defense is not Chicago's problem right now.
Look at it this way. The Bulls have a great defensive center in Joakim Noah and a fine perimeter guy in Luol Deng. The team's overall defense has Chicago ranking sixth in rebounding and third in points allowed, at just 91.3 per game.
Granted, that isn't to say that Amundson will be absolutely useless for Chicago. The Bulls have a gaping hole in the interior defense department due to Taj Gibson suffering a knee injury, and Amundson can help plug that hole until Gibson is ready to get back on the court.
But that still does not take away from the Bulls' greatest issue right now: scoring. Largely due to star point guard Derrick Rose not yet playing in a game this season, Chicago ranks just 28th in points scored at 92.6 per game.
Needless to say, the Bulls don't need a pure defensive player like Louis Amundson. They need a guy who can score points and add some oomph to the lineup until Rose is ready to return, be that this season or not.
Instead, GM Gar Forman should have looked at bringing in guys like Tracy McGrady or Gilbert Arenas, both of whom played in China this season and did fairly well. McGrady posted 25 points per game playing for the Qingdao Eagles, while Arenas scored 20.7 points per contest in 14 games for the Shanghai Sharks.
Both men are getting up there in years, at least by NBA standards, but Forman should have at least entertained the idea of bringing one in on a 10-day contract. Defense is important, but Chicago isn't going to go far in the playoffs this season unless a scoring spark can be added to the rotation.
This means that as solid as Amundson may be, Bulls management should have focused on securing releases for either McGrady or Arenas, or any other scorer that could be a solid fit.
Defense is not the team's problem right now, and if Forman wants to fill the void left by Rose's injury, he'll pursue an offensive player for when Amundson's deal expires.