Chicago Bulls Rumors: Bulls Must Pick Up Keith Bogans' Option to Bolster Bench

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2011

MIAMI, FL - MAY 24: Keith Bogans #6 of the Chicago Bulls reacts against the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls have addressed their need to get a solid starting shooting guard on their roster by officially signing Richard Hamilton last night, according to ESPN.

Rip is a bona fide star in this league who has been trapped on a terrible Detroit Pistons team for far too long.

Now that he is free, Hamilton is poised to become the well-rounded two guard the Bulls have needed in their backcourt.

If the team is as serious as they seem about winning a title, the front office must now get to work on building something that all championship teams have. That is, depth.

They can start by picking up Keith Bogans’ option.

He can bring a veteran presence and is someone with a ton of game experience.

Bogans started all 82 games last year for Chicago and would be a steady contributor coming off the bench in 2011-2012, as opposed to struggling in the starting lineup.

He’s only owed $1.7 million for the year and that’s a bargain for a rotation player that can easily contribute long range shooting and serviceable defense while playing around fifteen minutes a night.

As the starter last year in a SG rotation that also included Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver, Bogans played about 18 minutes in each game and scored 4.4 points, grabbed almost two rebounds, dished an assist, shot 40 percent from the field and 38 percent from deep.

Those are fine numbers for someone making less than two million dollars and they won’t find better value on the market.

Hamilton is the obvious answer at the two for Chicago, but he can’t play 48 minutes a night, especially not at the age of 33. He’s going to need a solid backup or two and they already have an answer on the roster in Bogans.