ESPN.com's Marc Stein is reporting that the Bulls are interested in Jannero Pargo. Cue the music, everyone give a sigh, then the obligatory "oh no." So far, both sides have not agreed to a contract, but Stein wrote, "...word is Bulls are taking serious look at Jannero Pargo and leaning toward signing him for backcourt depth."
Pargo has now played for the Bulls three separate times, 2003-2004, 2004-2006, and of course last season. He is listed at 6'1" and therefore is probably a little under that. A shooter who has a tendency to take a 35-foot three-pointer while off balance, Pargo averaged 5.5 points a game last season. The number is deceiving though, as he was not part of the regular rotation and played normally because of injury or in garbage time.
The report states that the Bulls are interested in signing him for depth. That is understandable, but the Bulls really have more depth than they could possibly need at shooting guard, which is where Pargo's game more naturally fits. Point guard perhaps? Well, you might not have heard, but the Bulls have this guy named Derrick Rose there. And his backup, CJ Watson, has performed admirably as well, leading a strong second unit, and has shown the ability to score. Thibodeau has even played him late in the fourth as an additional three-point shooter.
So basically, Pargo would be brought in as a No. 3 option, as point guard in case of injury. And chances are he won't play, ever. Vinny Del Negro might have let him get away with ridiculously poor shot selection and questionable defense, but, as we know, Tom Thibodeau certainly won't. Pargo would ride the bench and play in garbage time or if, gulp, Derrick Rose gets injured.
At best, Pargo would be an insurance option. What if this is management's way to show fans they are committed to winning a championship? Fans, myself included, were clamoring at the deadline for a shooter, OJ Mayo, JR Smith or anyone but Keith Bogans. Yet after the deadline, Bogans still starts, the Bulls added Rasual Butler and now maybe Pargo. Not exactly a consolation prize.
If Pargo arrives and sits on the bench and never sees the court, I'm fine with it. And chances are, if he is signed, that's exactly what Thibodeau will do. But in the long ramblings of a fan who was hoping for OJ Mayo, I just don't think I can take Butler and Pargo instead.