With all of the speculation about how good Derrick Rose will be next season, a lot of talk about who his backup will be gets somewhat overlooked. So far, the Chicago Bulls are weighing their options between bringing back Kirk Hinrich or D.J. Augustin. However, there is recent talk about bringing in Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris.
According to CSN Chicago, the Bulls plan on making Harris one of their free agent targets this summer in order to add more offense into the lineup. Harris, a ten-year veteran, has bounced around the NBA after solid stints with the then New Jersey Nets. It is also reported that Harris has “been connected” to the Bulls as of late and could have mutual interest about coming to Chicago.
If the Bulls were to sign Harris, that would only mean that Hinrich and Augustin’s days in Chicago are numbered. Harris would more than likely be brought in to play behind Rose, a role that both Hinrich and Augustin would want if they were to be re-signed. However, Hinrich could possibly return if he wouldn’t mind taking the veteran minimum and being the third point guard on the team. As for Augustin, the Bulls have already stated they would like to re-sign him, but he’ll definitely have some interest around the league this summer.
At the moment, Harris would be an upgrade over both Hinrich and Augustin in a backup role. He was an All-Star in 2009 with the Nets and could recapture some of that success under Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau’s system has been credited for revitalizing the careers of John Lucas III, Nate Robinson and most recently Augustin.
Whether or not the Bulls elect to re-sign Hinrich or Augustin—or even bring in Harris—the free agency period should be interesting for a team that ranked last in offense. Expect the Bulls to add a lot of offensive firepower this summer regardless.