The Chicago Bulls currently have 13 players under contract for the 2012-13 season, but could be looking to add some talent to compete for roster spots in the upcoming training camp. The Bulls have been linked to former New Jersey Nets guard Andre Emmett, according to Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype.
Emmett and Chicago have reportedly come to terms on a non-guaranteed contract, and will compete to earn a roster spot in the Bull’s thin backcourt. Chicago currently has Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson, Marquis Teague, Richard Hamilton and Jimmy Butler as guard options while Derrick Rose recovers from a torn ACL.
Emmett has appeared in only 14 games in his NBA career despite coming into the league in 2005. After a wildly successful career at Texas Tech, Emmett was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics and immediately traded to the Memphis Grizzles. After several stints overseas Emmett made his way to the D-League, and was an all-star for the Reno Bighorns in 2011. Most recently, Emmett was reportedly linked to Sporting Al Riyadi in the Lebanese basketball league.
Since Chicago is virtually up against the hard cap, all signings here on out will likely be non-guaranteed to fill out training camp spots. The Bulls will also likely look to shed Hamilton’s contract to maneuver out of the luxury tax, something the team has avoided each year.
While the team has been linked to veterans Michael Redd and Tracy McGrady, the cap situation all but assures that the team will not be able to bring in anything other than rookie minimum and non-guaranteed contracts.
Zach Mink covers the Chicago Bulls for Rant Sports. Follow him on twitter @zachmink12 for more news and analysis.