Chicago Bulls adding more role players
Although the Chicago Bulls might not have convinced LeBron James or Dwayne Wade to come to Windy City, the franchise from Michigan is definitely enjoying an excellent off-season so far. After adding All-Star forward Carlos Boozer, GM Gar Forman went on to sign Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer from the Utah Jazz. However, the Bulls are not done yet as they continue to upgrade their second unit in order to make some noise in the Eastern Conference in 2010-11.
More precisely, Chicago picked up center-forward Kurt Thomas for the veteran minimum as they 37-year old veteran agreed to a one-year deal. Even though Thomas is obviously past his prime, he has shown last year that he is still a solid role player off the bench as he averaged 3.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15 minutes per contest for the Milwaukee Bucks. Considering that starting center Joakim Noah is expected to play close to 40 minutes per game, Thomas should be a perfect fit for coach Tom Thibodeaus's squad. Furthermore, the Bulls pulled off a trade with the Golden State Warriors that will bring point guard C.J. Watson to Chicago in exchange for a future second rounder. In 2009-10, Watson put up 10.3 points, 2.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 27 minutes per game. Considering that he will replace Jannero Pargo as backup for All-Star guard Derrick Rose, he can rightfully be considered a significant upgrade for the team around Carlos Boozer.
Last but not least, the Bulls found a defensive minded wing player as Keith Bogans signed a two year contract last week. Throughout his seven years in the league, the 6-5 forward averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23 minutes per contest. While these numbers might not be particularly exciting one has to take into account that Bogans is primarily a defensive stopper who more often than not is the fifth option on the floor as far as putting up points is concerned. Nonetheless, he is an excellent addition and will provide the Bulls with a viable option to contain opposing shooting guards and small forwards next year.
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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah, Keith Bogans, NBA live
Posted: 17th August 2010
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