It was announced earlier today that the Chicago Bulls are the leading candidates in signing recently waived point guard D.J. Augustine. The Bulls plan to make a move when and if Augustine clears waivers mid-week.
The former Toronto Raptors guard found himself being the odd man out when the Raptors decided to trade small forward Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. Toronto had to eliminate a player from their roster to stay within the NBA regulations of a 15-man roster.
The Bulls are in the dire need to add depth to their backcourt. With the early season departure of Derrick Rose, the Bulls have been depending on 32-year old Kirk Hinrich to give them quality minutes. Chicago and Tom Thibodeau obviously have no confidence in second-year guard Marquis Teague after he has struggled to progress.The Bulls have also been a team to be injury-prone in the past years. By adding depth to the rotation, Thibs can create better match-up opportunities for certain players with different.
Augustine could turn out to be a decent pick up for the Bulls. The former Texas Longhorn can stretch the floor with his outside shooting having shot 37 percent from behind the arc during his career. Augustine has proven he can be a solid player when healthy as he once averaged 14 points and six assists with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Augustine has been struggling so far this season, though. The 6-foot guard has only averaged 8.2 minutes per game in 10 games while only scoring 2.1 points per game with one assist. Hopefully the change of scenery does something good for the 26-year old guard and he can provide a greatly needed spark for the Bullies.