So with the free-agent season in full swing one has to wonder, what big man will the Chicago Bulls pick up if any? Already well into the luxury tax, the Bulls can do nothing more than sign a vet minimum contract or two. With the release of Malcolm Thomas earlier this week, it does look as if the Bulls have their eyes on a different big man. Also, don’t rule out the possibility of them signing another guard, maybe Goudelock or Neal.
Here is a list of available minimum salary players Chicago could be looking at signing,
2013 Stats- 10.4 mpg 1.8ppg 3.3rpg 32% FG
A 39yr old 17yr vet. This seems to be at the top of the Bulls list as far as players to add. Look for Camby to make his decision between Chicago, Miami, and Houston any day now.
2013 Stats- 10.1 mpg 1.1ppg 1.6rpg 31% FG
At 34 yrs old, Jason Collins is looking to contribute as a vet big man who can play good interior defense and could give Noah a nice breather throughout the game. The Boston Celtics have said they will be signing the 12yr vet, but if that deal falls through I like this signing for Chicago over Camby.
2013 Stats- 14.0 mpg 5.4ppg 3.8rpg 54% FG
DuJuan earned just over $1 million last season in San Antonio. The 6’7″ 3rd year man out of Pittsburgh could prove to be a key contributor off the bench. He is small for the Center position but plays nowhere near his size. He makes the most of his 6’7″ 270lb frame, and could fit well with Chicago using a small lineup while still having a “big man” on the court.
2013 Stats- 5.7 mpg 0.3ppg 1.8rpg 25% FG
This would be someone the Bulls look at if all other possibilities have found homes already. He would be nothing more than an emergency player, after not seeing much action in the past few season in the NBA. He has been on the Bulls radar before however, I do believe they have since backed off from approaching Pryzbilla.
2013 Stats- 13.6 mpg 3.8ppg 3.7rpg 55% FG
Ayon was released today from the Milwaukee Bucks after they picked up his $1.5 million contract just over a month ago. With the signing of Pachulia, the Bucks needed to clear up some front court space. Ayon would be a legit contributor for the Bulls off the bench, and has played well in his 2 seasons in the NBA. For the minimum the Bulls would be crazy not to reach out to him soon.
There are still other names on the market when it comes to big men. These are the players that I could see coming to Chicago and signing for the vet minimum. It’s hard to imagine they would roll into next season with Nazr Muhommed as the sole back up center. Although, it has been reported the Bulls may look at signing a player or two mid-season.
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