The Chicago Bulls are going to be faced with a number of difficult decisions this offseason; one decision that should not be difficult is re-signing point guard D.J. Augustin.
Augustin, who was a savior of sorts for the Bulls last season, was picked up by the team after he was cut loose by the Raptors just ten games into the season after averaging 2.1 points per game on just 29 percent shooting. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Augustin turned out to be a treasure for the Bulls, as the former first-round pick averaged 14.9 points per game for Chicago in 61 games and nine starts.
Once Augustin came to Chicago under the tutelage of head coach Tom Thibodeau, the former Texas star regained his old form, shooting 41 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc. Often times he was the Bulls’ only consistent offensive weapon and helped lead the team to an unlikely 48-win season.
Unfortunately, the Bulls only signed Augustin to a one-year deal, so the dynamic scorer is set to hit free agency this summer. After all he has done for Chicago, the Bulls should do everything possible to keep him.
Augustin has come out publicly saying he wants to remain a Bull, but in the end it will come down to money. Augustin will want to cash in on his successful season, and who could blame him? Augustin is not a franchise-changing player but he can play an important role for the Bulls going forward, especially with the uncertainty surrounding the health of Derrick Rose.
This much is clear; the Bulls can no longer count on Rose to play 82 games, and if he goes down again next season, having a guy like Augustin backing him up would prove to be invaluable. Augustin may not be the defender that Kirk Hinrich is, but at the end of the day if Rose went down again, the Bulls would need scoring, which is something Augustin has proven he can provide.
Re-signing the 6-foot sharp-shooter may not be easy, especially if Chicago signs Carmelo Anthony, but the Bulls should make every effort to bring him back. After all, if you found treasure in a heap of garbage, would you want to give it up?