The Chicago Bulls have added another significant player in their quest to move up in the Eastern Conference.
It's no secret at this point that the Bulls tried to acquire more superstar talent—LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were all available (they were, right?)—but their failure to land any of the "Big Three" has presented a nice problem for the Bulls.
They had too much money to spend this offseason.
They continued to spend, and have come to terms with point guard C.J. Watson in a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors.
Watson, 26, averaged 10.3 ppg last season in a Warriors uniform, along with 2.8 apg and 1.8 spg.
He will become the primary backup to point guard Derrick Rose on the 2010 Bulls' roster—a position the Bulls were in dire need of filling with the departure of longtime Bull Kirk Hinrich and the uncertainty involving free agent Flip Murray.
Watson might not be a former member of the Utah Jazz (unlike new teammates Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, and Ronnie Brewer), but he will be a welcome addition in Chicago.
The Bulls have quietly positioned themselves for a 50-win season and a possible No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
They might not yet have the look of a championship team, but they're turning a once-nightmarish offseason into a very positive month.
The Bulls' current starting five of Derrick Rose, Ronnie Brewer, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah will be one of the better fives in the conference, but it's their bench (getting deeper and deeper by the minute) that could make all the difference in 2010.
Power forward Taj Gibson remains in the fold, but the additions of Korver and Watson give the Bulls some added scoring punch when Rose, Deng, and Boozer head to the pine.
The Bulls have a very impressive balance on the roster now, and can go deep with their guards and big men—depending on what style of play they need.
Watson's career 8.7 ppg adds more pop to new coach Tom Thibodeau's roster and the Bulls certainly look like the favorites in the Central Division at the moment.
There may not be a LeBron, Dwyane, or Bosh on the roster, but the Bulls feel their Boozer/Korver/Brewer/Watson line makes them serious players all the same—and don't forget they were already a playoff team with the talents of Rose, Noah, Deng, and Gibson.
The Bulls are trying to right the ship—what more can you ask for if you're a Bulls fan?