The Chicago Bulls organization is looking for a three-point specialist.
After being ranked 29th in three-pointers made and attempted, it is imperative to add players that fit this role.
Derrick Rose will return to the starting lineup for the 2013-14 season, and his presence will give the rest of the team many open shot from behind-the-arc.
Due to the departure of many of our bench players—Rip Hamilton, Daequan Cook and Nate Robinson to name a few—this has become a big need.
Their price (and defensive efforts) could be an issue, though. In Chicago, defense is a major plus; any candidate that thinks they can match that level of production and bring a strong defensive nature should contact the front office immediately.
The Bulls will be looking to add a few wing players to fill backup roles to Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng. Subbing in some knockdown shooters for our defensive perimeter players will give us a chance the pace of the game and will hopefully add some scoring from our second unit.
Stretch forwards like Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison may also be considered to add depth to our frontcourt and give the offense a new look. With the ability to stretch the floor, it not only gives Rose a chance to attack the paint, but—depending on the lineup—it will also give Carlos Boozer a chance to work one-on-one with defenders.
If you think you can fill this role, continue reading for further details.
Qualifications and Responsibilities
Candidates must be able to shoot the three at a minimum rate of 40 percent. Only one player on the roster reached this number this past season. It wasn't any different the previous two years.
It is imperative that players are consistent with their shot. Rose garners extra attention from opposing defenses, so corner and wing threes will be available many times during a game.
Boozer can also draw in extra defenders from the post, especially when he's having a big game, so players will have to be ready to receive passes at all times and display no hesitation.
The Bulls need players that aren't afraid to shoot.
Chicago will sometimes call plays for its shooters to get open through a series of screens; candidates will be expected to get open on these occasions and shoot upon receiving the pass.
It's also important that the candidate understand their role. Not every play can end with a three-point attempt, but while on the floor, spreading the offense is essential. Rose is great at attacking the rim and will need space to work when he calls his own number.
At the moment, Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson are out main second-unit guys. We need to add some more scoring. Players that can give the team between nine and 12 points off the bench in an efficient manner are guaranteed to remain in the rotation and play their fair share of minutes.
This role will require 10-20 minutes off the bench with a clear emphasis on the offensive end. However, we need hard workers on the defensive end as well.
Under coach Tom Thibodeau's system, lackluster defense and effort will not be allowed. Any player selected to fill this role must be prepared to give a full defensive effort, as well as rebounding.
Here in Chicago, we offer players the chance to win a championship. We had a league-best record twice in the last three years and we expect to have another outstanding year.
The Bulls are currently able to offer a two- or three-year deal for around $2-3 million. Any other offers will be one-year deals for the veteran's minimum.
Both players had exceptional seasons and have surely piqued the interest of many other franchises for this upcoming free-agency period.
Candidates may also get complementary nicknames and catch phrases from Bulls commentator Stacey King.
Gar Forman and John Paxson will begin looking for players to fill the role starting July 1. Any interested parties should contact the Bulls' front office to begin the evaluation process.