Chicago Bulls: 5 Free Agents They Still Should be Targeting
5 Free Agents that should still be on the radar for the Chicago Bulls
Starting a season without your best player, starting your second unit during regular season games due to injuries, playing through brick walls and still manage to get to the playoffs by posting a 45-37 record is truly amazing. With a new season dawning, the Chicago Bulls will need to reload and should still be targeting these five free agents.
The Bulls were a team that wouldn’t quit, and resiliency would be an understatement in trying to describe their 2012 season. Everything the Bulls accomplished, from knocking down the Brooklyn Nets to challenging the eventual champions Miami Heat was truly a miracle in itself.
If there were a team that feared nothing and played their hearts out, literally, it would be the Bulls.
As the Bulls prepare on being healthy as a team for their upcoming 2013 NBA season, the Bulls will need to add players who can help them on the offensive end, as they struggled in that department.
Although their superstar point guard Derrick Rose should help them immensely in all facets of their game, especially in the scoring category, the Bulls still need shooters and depth at the shooting guard and center positions.
Nobody is sure whether or not Rose will return to his MVP form in a heartbeat, but either way, the Bulls will need to make sure they fill out their roster and add depth to a team that dealt with multiple injuries to key players.
These five free agents aren’t extraordinary, but than again, the Bulls prove that hard work and a strong heart beats out skill any day.
5. SF Ronnie Brewer
It would be a nice reunion if the Bulls could bring back the feisty defender in Ronnie Brewer. When he was with the Bulls, Brewer was one of the key members on a second unit that was one of the best that year.
This would be beneficial to both teams, as Brewer already knows the system and the Bulls know what they are getting.
4. C Earl Barron
As we all know, finding quality centers in the NBA today is like finding a needle in a haystack. They are rare and hard to find, which is why the Bulls should take advantage in signing low profile free agents at the right price.
Center Earl Barron would be a nice fit and a good rotation big man for the Bulls, as they are thin at the center position. For the New York Knicks, he averaged 3.3 points per game and grabbed 5.1 rebounds per game.
3. SF Mikael Pietrus
Forward Mickael Pietrus is a solid wing defender that isn’t afraid of contact. During his Orlando Magic days, Pietrus was great coming off the bench and displayed his skill in creating his own shot.
Behind starter Luol Deng, the Bulls don’t have anyone behind him that could create a spark. The second unit is lacking what Nate Robinson was so good at, which was being a spark plug off the bench.
2. C Cole Aldrich
At the center position, the Bulls currently have Nazr Mohammed as their only backup center behind All-Star Joakim Noah.
Mohammed is a fine center, but at the age of 35 years old and backing up Noah, depth is an issue. The Bulls should target center Cole Aldrich, who is going into his third year.
Aldrich displays the grittiness and style of play that would fit in perfectly with the Bulls. He is a good rebounder, and standing at 6-foot-11, he can be an asset on both ends of the court.
Aldrich possesses soft hands around the rim offensively, and is an underrated passer that finds the open shooter time and time again. The Bulls could use a young center that plays smart, and would be a valuable backup down the road.
1. SG Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa might not be the ideal player for a Bulls team that is known for their half court game and excellent defense; Barbosa is still worth looking at simply because of his scoring abilities.
The Bulls ranked 29th in scoring last season, and Barbosa could be a good change of pace guard when Rose needs a breather. Yes, Kirk Hinrich is the backup point guard, which also brings up the fact that Barbosa can play both the point and shooting guard positions.
For a team that has had trouble staying healthy, Barbosa’s shooting skills paired with his flexibility to play both positions could be very valuable to the Bulls.